Dear Son, I think you’ll be disappointed

Dear Son,

Last night, as we were doing the whole bedtime ritual thing you made a comment that concerns me greatly.

I’m not sure if you remember.  You said

Mommy, why don’t you ever check me out of school early like the other moms do?

Since I had no clue what you were talking about, I asked you to explain.   You did.

Once or twice last year you checked me out of school to get new shoes or to go to the dentist.  But you never do the Thursday thing.

I don’t remember about the shoes.  Maybe I did, but that doesn’t sound right.  I do remember taking you to the dentist.  You’re scheduled to go again next month.  I’m betting you get braces soon.

But… I was clueless about what you meant by “that Thursday thing.”  So I asked.

It’s where you check me out of school early on a Thursday to take me to Disney for the weekend.  We play all weekend and then fly back late Sunday night just in time for school on Monday.

Oh.  THAT Thursday thing.

Sweetie, I fear that you are destined to be disappointed.  The only way I would EVER be doing THAT particular Thursday thing is if I won the lottery.

I don’t like to fly.  I dislike public transportation.  I don’t exactly have that much extra cash in the bank account.  The chances of you jet-setting across the country for a weekend of theme park fun are… um… nonexistent.

While we’re on the subject, the phrase “extra cash” doesn’t exist in my world either.  There’s always something to spend cash on.   My idea of extra cash is finding a few quarters at the bottom of my purse or an unclaimed five dollar bill in the laundry.

The braces thing is going to use up quite a bit of that nonexistent “extra cash” that we don’t have laying around.  I know it’s not your fault, but your teeth look like they’re going to be expensive.

We put a priority on your education.  I try not to pull you out of school for frivolous stuff.  And the idea of starting Monday morning with exhausted kids just gives me the willies.  How on earth can I expect you to learn anything when you’re tired?

If you’re expecting a life of THAT kind of Thursday thing then you are clearly bound to be disappointed.

Did I mention that I’m a slacker mom?

I’m organizationally challenged.  I’m not sure if you’ve noticed yet, but it’s true.  I’m not the kind of mom who can plan ahead and pull off that kind of an elaborate surprise.  Particularly since it involves getting caught up enough on the laundry to pack suitcases.

In case you didn’t notice, I scheduled your brother’s birthday party during one of the hymns in church last Sunday.  The party is this coming Saturday for goodness sake.  He’s lucky I’ve managed to even pull that much off.

Realistically, I’m not well equipped to plan and execute THAT kind of Thursday thing even if someone else was footing the bill.

I’m sorry kiddo.

You’re destined to be disappointed if you’re hoping for THAT Thursday thing.

disney disappointment

I know how you feel.  When I was in high school, there was this girl that got pulled out of school on Thursdays so she could fly to New York for the weekend.  Or maybe it was California.  Or was it Paris?  Anyway, several times a year she’d be flown somewhere and come back with all new clothes and shoes.

I always wanted THAT Thursday thing too.

Now that I think about it, I still do.



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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. I like your article. well said and heart-touching as well.

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