Tuesday, September 08, 2009

It was an honor just to be nominated

Charleigh is stressed.

When Charleigh is stressed, she poops and pees in the wrong places.

Like at the dentist office. While her sister and brother are having teeth pulled.
After I already was nearly late the appointment because she had peed her pants
and I had to stop by the house and get her a change of clothes.

So I walk into the dentist office after having changed my drenched child
using a roll of paper towel and a bottle of Windex, because that was what I saw
when I ran into the house to get a change of clothes for the accident she had at school.

And I asked them if I could please wash my hands before I did anything else.
And I mentally congratulated myself for not yelling at her.
And not telling the receptionist that I needed to wash my hands because my kid had peed her pants.
"YEAH! You are like... mother of the year! You are handling it, Vanessa! Way to go!"

And then I look up from my clean hands and my pile of paperwork to fill out at the dentists office and what do I see? I see a big wet spot on her overalls.

And the applause in my head stops as they hand the Mother of the Year award to somebody who has actual clothing packed for such a situation, which I of course, do not. I have paper towel and Windex.

And so, as I am at that very second, ushered into the room where one kid is about to be miserable, and I already am, I turn to the hygienist and ask for a plastic bag for Charleigh to sit on. Which she does. For over an hour. Cheerfully. As if all her stress has puddled away.

And once again, I remind myself that a kid who can sit in her own urine for over an hour and not complain might just make an amazing missionary. Right?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

a kid, who can sit in her own pee for an hour, is one who has been taught by her mom and dad that she is perfect....JUST THE WAY SHE IS, and is Secure in herself.
She knows that she will be taken care of...when it is her time
She knows...she won't be ridiculed, and accepts others faults and shortcomings, including her mom
donna who still can't sign in
In short..she is a child that was raised by her parents in love, with limits and practicality...sounds like a pretty damn lucky girl to me.

Kara Witham said...

Wow you had a day! You win, I think :)

Patty said...

I applaud anonymous....that was so well put. You are a great parent.

Life with Kaishon said...

You are a very good mom. I would like to be more like you.

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