Mum's the Word

Sleeping in on picture day and that 'Home Alone' moment

Posted: Sep. 21, 2017 4:33 pm Updated: Sep. 21, 2017 4:40 pm


I leap out of bed screaming, "Everyone get up!"

Of course it's picture day. The one day we sleep in on accident. Luckily, we've laid out clothes. Unluckily, our hair resembles that of a hedgehog - and this applies to everyone!

The clock reads 7:20. I'm pretty sure I saw the clock at 6 and just closed my eyes for five minutes. I get it together and do a little personal pep talk: "7:20 is not the worst, I can still work with that. It will just be granola bars for breakfast after I'm done taming the hair."

Who am I kidding? We are going to be so late.

The kids are a hot mess sitting around in their underwear. My current mood is panic, like when a friend broke her nose on a trampoline that we weren't supposed to be jumping on and then asked if her crooked nose was fine and I said, "uhhhhh, yeah ... it's fine."

Anyway, I think being a parent is saying it's fine and then wrapping yourself around that idea. Kind of like saying it will be OK, knowing that it will be even though it's not right now.

There is a lot of letting go of perfect and being OK with mediocre.

It's fine.

The key to picture day (and a lot of parenting issues) is low expectations. For instance, I didn't even send a check for these pictures. I'm going to look online before I commit to buying these bad boys. One of my kids is going through (a never-ending) phase of showing all their teeth when they smile. It's like Chandler from "Friends" when he tries to smile for pictures and can't. I'm not going to over-invest.

As we make it out the door and to the school just in the nick of time, I'm telling everyone everything is fine. It's a mantra for one and all. We are all OK and we made it.

Today is picture day, but tomorrow is something else.

It's fine.

Jen Reekie was born and raised in Quincy and received a communications degree at the University of Kansas, which has come in quite handy as she communicates every day with four children who don't hear a word she says. This stay-at-home mom enjoys the challenge, though, and shares her experiences in this blog, "Mum's the Word." She welcomes your feedback, questions and stories about staying sane while raising kids.

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