The word and embarrassing and mom really should be listed as synonyms in the dictionary. You give birth and you suddenly give up just about every sense of vanity you ever knew. From the UPS man walking up to the window while you are nursing to never getting to pee without little feet barging in to managing a full on temper tantrum in the middle of the grocery store (yours and your child's tantrum). Embarrassment is top on the motherhood job description.
Yesterday was a new low for me. It started out as a good morning. We were even up early enough to ride bikes to school (sorry to the East Coasters facing snow, but it is still sunny in California). I hastily threw on a pair of workout pants and a sweatshirt and off we went. No make up and hair askew- no problem - I was riding a bike with a helmet, who cares?
First stop, the girls' school. Second stop, the front office to register Mick for transitional kindergarten (big day) - but we are too early. Third and many more stops, staying hi to every mom I know along the way. Next stop, Mick's school and more hellos to various folks. Final stop, back to the girls' school and into the office again. That's when I glance down and actually looked at myself. OMG, my pants are on inside out. Yes, that is right. I biked all around town and saw dozens of people. It was bad enough my hair wasn't combed and I had on no make up, but my pants were inside out. You have got to be kidding me. So what did I do, I just walked into the ladies room and turned them right side in. Then, I came right back out and registered Mick for transitional kindergarten.
Today, I am happy to report, I put my pants on correctly and even did the hair and make-up thing. Amazingly, I even showered, so it is a good day. In fact, life here in general has been pretty good. Nana was with us last week. There is nothing like having my mom around, to make life feel good. We have rough house plans figured out with the architect, and now we have to get estimates contractor to see if our wishes and budget match (which I am sure they won't). Scott has been darting all around, but is in town this week. And next week is winter break, a whole week of no school. We are looking forward to some downtime. Jaley got another stripe in Tae Kwon Do and Sarah has been shooting lights out in basketball. Like I said, life is pretty good.
That is life in the (somewhat embarrassing) stroller lane.