Today, My Kid Will Eat
Yesterday, I learned a very important lesson in motherhood which I will share with you now.
Take out your notebook and pen.
If you forget to make your 4 year old daughter a lunch for school and you think it’s fine because you will order it for her from the organic, overpriced but worth every penny lunch service they make available to forgetful moms like me, but then you forget to do that too and head on your merry way for the day thinking nothing is wrong and come noon, your daughter is left watching all the kids gather their food and has to go up to the teacher and say “I have no lunch,” then that teacher WILL scrape together leftover snacks from god knows where and feed your kid. Crackers, an apple sauce and a cheese stick, to be exact.
She will not starve.
But let me tell you…
You will feel like the most awful, incompetent, scatterbrained mother on the planet. You will look at your kid in utter confusion at pick up when you go to take home her lunchbox and she kindly reminds you that you forgot it. You will be red-faced and mortified as you go to the teacher to apologize, assuring her it won’t happen again and feeling flushed as you wonder if she is going to call child protective services. You will rack your brain to remember what it was exactly you were thinking about when you cruised right by the organic lunch service sign-up sheet and straight out the door without actually signing it. There was nothing on my mind. There was everything on my mind. Work deadlines, Thanksgiving menus, Kai’s first birthday theme (yes, it’s still two months away) – but apparently not Little D and her lunch.
You will bring her home and shower her with extra love, give her milk and cookies for a snack and continue apologizing profusely because how could you have possibly left her to starve at school and deal with the embarrassment of going to tell the teacher she was sandwich-less.
And the next day, your kid will eat. You will be scatter-brained in the morning. Deadlines, Thanksgiving and birthdays will still be on your brain. You will be running late, there will be traffic, and you will still have sleep in your eyes.
But your kid will eat.
Because today is Friday.
And it’s pizza day at school.