Friday, January 27, 2012

Oops - Jammies Fail

We get a lot of paperwork home from Samantha's school.  I mean, save-a-forest kind of paperwork.  I think if we were to reconstitute all of the pulp in all that paper, fluff it up and mold it back into a tree-shape, I'm pretty sure we could solve the global warming crisis.

Certain things you can't avoid, like Sammi's art projects and her academic work - how proud we are seeing her writing worksheets, each letter carefully created within the dotted guide lines, each curve, though shaky, forming a word.  I'm more than happy to get those.  But some stuff, well, let's just say I'd probably rather get it in an e-mail (or 50) and leave it up to me to decide if it should be printed out or not.  I'm willing to bet we could fund the cost of building a new school with the amount of paper the County could eliminate...  I do understand, though, that having a visual reminder in people's hands is often the best way to make a point or to spur action.  Just not for me.

Am I making excuses for this morning?  Nah, but I just thought I'd mention that...

Today was Pajama Day at school.  To be honest, I saw it on the paper schedule that had come home at the beginning of the month, and I remember thinking, Oh, cool!  I won't forget it this time! (as I have on all previous Pajama Days).  Then the schedule worked its way to the very bottom of the mountain of papers and forms sitting on the kitchen counter (yes, I should be weeding through this more often...), and, well, I forgot.

So Samantha was one of only two children in her class this morning that wasn't in their pajamas.  Not a big deal back in preschool, but this time the kids noticed.  And not like it's a bad thing, but I do want to try to keep her as involved as possible, running as much with the others as I can, and standing out in ways that I'm actually able to prevent makes me feel kinda bad.  I don't mean to make a bigger deal of it than it is.  I guess it hit me pretty hard this morning, though.  She didn't mind, she wasn't at all self-conscious about it.  I know that's what counts.  And it's not like I couldn't have run back home and gotten her some jammies to wear, but let's just say this was a little bit of a wake-up call for me to try to be more organized, to try to pay better attention.

A jammies fail is certainly not the worst thing I could do.  I'm going to let this be a little lesson to me, though. 

10 comments:

Krista said...

Just be glad you don't live in England. I am THAT parent. The dumb canadian that just doesn't get the memo...EVER! I don't know how I do it. I try, I am organized, I don't know where I go wrong!

The Annessa Family said...

It's okay - I went to school with crazy hair on PJ day...

In 4th grade.

That HAS to be worse :)

Brooke
www.TheAnnessaFamily.com

To Love Endlessly said...

we all know too well that endless mountain of paperwork, something will always get lost in the shuffle. At least you didn't send her with crazy hair like poor Brooke. ;0)

Anna said...

Thankfully we arent getting graded on the "mommy thing". As you said, I bet you will post that schedule somewhere visible the minute it walks in the door.

Team Lando said...

And ya know what? Even with forgotten PJ day, Sammi will turn out jusssttt fine.

Chromosomally Enhanced said...

I cannot believe all the papers! I did not see the letter about the jammies so Max did not have them..he was like Sammi did not mind! I did! but the kicker was when we did not pick him up from bball practice! did not read the note that they had no practice! so Max had to call us to come get him! embarrassing! so we are doing a lot of hanging things on the fridge! and BIG calendar! smiles

Zoey's Mom, Heather said...

Okay, that's it. You are hereby stripped of your mommy of the year award ... and don't you know you wee so going to win it! Seriously, 6 kids and lets just say, I have had a few fails or 2 or 10. And each time i kick my self. Each time I hang onto it long after they have forgotten. Darn expectations we have of ourselves.

Okay, off to don my Superwoman cape now and see if I can keep it on till days end ;)

Mary Day said...

We can help with that! Next time there's a special event, I'll write it in Sammi's journal. Two heads are always better than one:) Have a great weekend!

Cindy said...

Isn't it funny how so many things bother us more than they bother our kids??

We have a calendar on the bulletin board just outside the kitchen. I try to write EVERYTHING on that calendar. Then I keep them for a year afterward. 'When was Beth's last dr appt?' It's a life saver!

Leah S. said...

I hate paper. HATE! And since our house has a serious case of flat surface disease (that's where every flat surface collects stuff) I'm just..FED UP! Anyway, I have a HUGE laminated calendar that is an academic year (so it goes July to July) and I'm t.r.y.i.n.g. to be good about writing things on there as soon as the paper comes home. I still missed one of Angela's games this week (she went, I didn't!) and we haven't made a single one of Axel's evening school activities like Pizza or movie night. Parent FAIL!