Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I Forgot My Kid

Just when I thought I had the Mother-of-the-Year Crown on straight, it was knocked askew. I forgot my child yesterday.

It was a busy (when is it not?) day, full of  schooling, errands, meal planning, etc. The boys were plugging away at their studies, learning how to read Topography Maps, dissecting Chicken Wings, and writing a screen play to depict how the American Railroads were built. My brain was on serious overload!

Time for LittleGirl to arrive home, so I walked out to the bus stop. I'm still a few feet away when the bus pulls up to the stop. The bus stops, then starts moving. The bus driver sees me, stops the bus, calls out LittleGirl's name, no answer. I reach the bus and shout (it's really noisy, not because I'm in distress) "Is LittleGirl not on the bus?" The driver replies, "No. I didn't see her today."

I then try to remember what day it is, because really, this is every Mom's nightmare situation isn't it? I then remember it's Tuesday...Good News Club day. It was the first day of the club. I had signed LittleGirl up for that club. Hopefully, she's still at school. I appear calm to the bus driver....don't want to upset him. That's not true. I just didn't want to look like a completely inept Mom!

Here's the tricky part. I have to come back inside my house to call the school, all while appearing like I have everything under control. The men in my house are highly protective. I don't even want DH to hear what's happened. Not that he'd be mad at me. He'd be upset not knowing where his LittleGirl could be.

I call the school. The front office says LittleGirl is indeed on the Good News club list. They'll send someone to check and see if she's there. THAT WAS THE LONGEST SIX MINUTES OF MY LIFE! I never did panic, but I was very concerned, and my mind did race a bit. I never felt LittleGirl was in harm's way; however, it's easy for those feelings to bubble up, isn't it?

Has this ever happened to you? What do you do in this kind of situation? I kept praying the first part of Proverbs 3, "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart..." while I was waiting on the phone. I just kept turning those words over and over again in my mind, almost like a mantra. It was the only verse I could bring to mind at that point and time. I can think of other verses now; however, that one verse from Proverbs kept the hysteria from rising within me. Although I've always had a difficult time putting it into practice, I believe that's why it's important to memorize Scripture. So you can use it in times of need.

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