Tuesday, September 29, 2009

In The Business Of Ruining Lives...

One Week Ago:

It was my fault. I admit it. Sunday night I went to bed and could not sleep. I tossed then turned and then tossed some more. I finally managed to get 90 minutes of sleep. FAIL.

On the bright side, I had an awesome hair day Monday when the substitute FedEx guy showed up. WIN.

Monday night was a little better but only managed 4 hours of sleep. FAIL.

Well, I guess the lack of sleep from Sunday night was catching up to Monday night... I had a hard time waking up Tuesday. The alarm went off. I knew I had to take my daughter to school early for her "Music Makers". However, I figured "five more minutes" and hit "snooze"...well, I THOUGHT I hit snooze. I actually Hit "Dismiss"!!! FAIL.

I accidentally over-slept by TWENTY MINUTES!!! (er...um... WIN?)

Anyway, so this put us twenty minutes behind schedule, which didn't make her late for school, just for "Music Makers", which is the before-school program in which she is learning the melody horn and ukelele. Anyway, as we are driving, she advises me of her feelings and is quite vocal about how we are "always" late and apparently I have "ruined" her life.

'Twasn't in the mood... I had to laugh else I would cry. I simply replied...

"Just think... When you're my age, you'll get the chance to ruin your own daughter's life."

To which she gasped and asked "So, what? You think I am gonna ruin my own children's lives?"

To which I responded... "I can only hope..." knowing only that I meant one day she might encounter something similar and see the irony in all of this. Of course how can one explain this to a nine year old? Well, simply put, one can't.

Of course she did not appreciate my wit nor my wisdom. As we pulled into the parking lot twenty minutes late, I suggested she have a great day. I am not sure if it was the overly-toothy grin I was sporting or the thick-with-cheer, kill-'em-with-kindness overtones in my voice that sent her over the edge, but I was met with "crusties" in return. I did not let it phase me. I smiled even bigger, told her I loved her and to get out of my car and go to school. Yeah, I'm sensitive like that. hahaha!

Whaddya think?? FAIL??? WIN???

13 comments:

greenolive said...

poor pretty pretty princess. It's so hard being a kid when your business is not your mom's only business. luckily she'll get over it tolerably well, and when she's a mom hopefully she'll remember a little of how she was and how it felt, and she'll know how you felt.

Alice in Wonderland said...

Don't worry Emma, I'm sure that you haven't ruined your daughters life!
I reckon that you have a WIN on this one! I'm sure that she will forgive and forget! She'll know how loved she was as a kid!
Happy Tuesday!!!

BlueCastle said...

I think you handled it well. She'll get over it and hopefully, one day, realize you did the best you could do. Being a single mom is rough.

Ruthykins said...

she's the best. i can just see her staring daggers at you! ha ha ha!

Puphigirl said...

I am sure that this is not the last time you will hear the sentence, "You are ruining my life!"
The only come back I can think of is, "That's what they pay me for."

S Club Mama said...

I have an award for you over at my blog :)

Susie said...

If you are ruining your children's life, you are doing it right. So, I say "Win":-)

RhondaLue said...

lol! Ya know what, as often as my kids make me late for things..I don't feel the slightest twinge of guilt if they ever are. Too bad, so sad.

I was hoping nursemom would chime in about an instance when perhaps you said the same thing to her. ha ha!

My 3 yr old sneers...yes, SNEERS at me and growls. Like an animal. We should put those two in a crusty face off & see who comes out on top. teehee

RhondaLue said...

ps I get to ruin SIX lives, MUAH AH AH!!!

erasundar said...

@ Puphigirl: Lol!

@ Emma: No one was injured, not late for actual school, and no angry mommy retort. That's a total win to me.

Denise @ Sunflowers, Chocolate and Little Boys said...

You Rock...and someday she will understand and probably say the exact same thing to her kids.

TravAndToni said...

I'd call that a WIN! I keep a written, running list of things I hope Erin's daughter says and does to her one day. I'm going to give it to her on the day she gives birth to that daughter. I'll allow her to give me one big blanket appology and one huge thank you for letting her live.

Megan said...

Classic! Love it! She'll thank you one day. Haha! =D