Friday, June 1, 2012

"Today is Gonna be a Great Day"

(by Bowling for Soup)

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My kiddos are done with school, and summer has officially started!! Though we don't have the 104 days that are mentioned in today's song, we do have 87 days of summer to fill. I don't think we'll build a rocket, give a monkey a shower, or paint a continent. But given enough time, Cody may drive his sister insane! He's with Alex right now, so I don't think that'll happen today.

Speaking of Cody, yesterday was his last day in elementary school. Therefore, it was my last time to endure an elementary school carpool line! It was sorta bittersweet for me, though, because obviously that means my babies are growing up. I realize that's the goal, but it doesn't mean I'm ready for it. I do have to share a little bit of the craziness that is my life...

For some reason, my kids can't leave elementary school without a bit of drama & some "firsts"! During the last week of my baby girl's 5th grade year, she ended up being tardy for the first & only time in her school career (so far). And Cody wrapped up his year by missing the bus for the first time yesterday. There was a little misunderstanding on his part, & he thought I had forgotten to send a note stating that I was picking him up.

For a little bit of background (of course, because I can't tell a story without extra details): I had picked him up on Wednesday so that I could take him to his 5th grade party. He normally rides the bus, but his party started earlier than the bus would get him home. Plus the party was about a mile on the other side of his school, so I would have to drive by there in order to take him to the party. So it made sense for him to not have to come all the way home simply to have to turn around & go back past the school, right? Little did I know that we'd have to go home to get his swimsuit, so he ended up late after all! And I basically had to make the trip to his party twice. Anyways, when we pulled into our neighborhood just behind the bus, I pointed out to him that he totally could've ridden the bus home. I also told him how glad I was that he had ridden the bus over the past few years since we were actually getting home later than the bus. Seriously, we had an entire conversation about the downside of me sitting in carpool for 30+ minutes, blah blah blah. All of that is to say that I definitely had not intended to pick him up on the last day of school!

OK, back to yesterday...It was time for Cody to get home, and I thought I heard the bus. But when he didn't show up at the front door, I figured that I had heard a truck or something & didn't think anything else about it. Ten minutes later, Elly asked what time he'd be home. We speculated that the bus was running late because of the torrential downpour that had just occurred. About five minutes later, my home phone rang, and Amy was asking me if I had picked up Cody. When I told her that he was riding the bus, she said that she had seen on facebook where I was in the carpool line for the last time. I explained that I had posted that in the morning, so she informed me that Chris had texted her to see if I was with her because Cody hadn't been picked up from school.

Ya, my cell phone ringer was off, and I had missed two calls from the school, a call & two texts from Chris, and a call from Amy. And my baby boy had been sitting in the school office for over thirty minutes. I don't even remember saying goodbye to Amy as I grabbed my stuff & ran out the door to get my sweet boy, calling the school to let them know that I was on my way! I called Chris on the way as well ~ to reassure him that I was in fact capable of taking care of our children, but also to make sure that he hadn't left work to go pick him up. Apparently Amy had sufficiently convinced him that I was in the carpool line, so he wasn't worried! ;)

On the way there, I prayed that God would help me respond to Cody in the way that he needed & not make him feel stupid. I had originally been frustrated with him, so my flesh was wanting to remind him of our conversation 24 hours earlier & of the fact that he didn't have a note, nor had we discussed anything about me picking him up. Fortunately, God softened my heart after my original thoughts of frustration, so I was able to handle things better than I have at times. I really didn't want to blow it, and I certainly didn't want to embarrass him in front of the nice ladies who had comforted him when they couldn't get ahold of me. I don't say all of this to boast in myself or anything, and I hope you don't see it like that. I'm just being honest with y'all & confessing that I've screwed up in the past and reacted wrongly to this type of momentary disruption in my schedule. Though I'd love for my initial reaction to be that of love & understanding, I am pleased to see some evidence of God changing me in these little ways. Not that I've arrived or anything. I still have a long way to go. But He is changing me. And I am proof that if He can change this selfish & stubborn girl, He can change you, too! Anyways...

When I got to the school, I calmly greeted my sweet boy with a hug, a kiss on the head, & something along the lines of, "Hey bubby, I'm sorry for the misunderstanding!" {with no accusation or anything!} He had tears in his eyes, but he didn't let them fall. Oh, that breaks a mama's heart! His teacher came around the corner {using the end-of-year gift that we had gotten her! :) Am I weird that it made me happy?!} & told me how much she is going to miss him, and I got to thank her for taking care of my boy this year. I was so glad that she was nearby, because I hadn't officially said goodbye to her after the award ceremony the day before.

Anyways, I have made this post way longer than intended! I really was simply going to post the song & tell y'all how happy I am about it being summertime! :)

Amy

2 comments:

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Aww... I am happy to hear everything worked out! Such a memorable last week for your kids! lol Yay for summer break officially starting! :)

Messy Mom said...

Oh dear, talk about heart breaking : O. BTW I realized right after I hit enter that the last two comments I left were a little sarcastic and I did not mean for them to be. It's been a long day, and that is not an excuse, but anyway I love reading your posts even when it takes me some time to get to them.