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Every day I fail a something so when I was tasked with writing an epic blog post about a failure of mine and what I learned from it, I had a plethora from which to choose!
Failing as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend, ok pretty much any relationship I’ve had I’ve failed at in some way or another. Failing at dieting, cleaning, cooking, fixing stuff. Failing at taming my tongue, speeding, my attitude. I’m getting a bit depressed. How about something not as sad…
Let’s take today for example. I was late again dropping off (and picking up) my son from preschool. Every…single…morning around 7:40 after I drop off my other kids to school, I think, “OK, we have to leave by 8:15 to get there in time.”
There are certain things that need to be done between 7:40am and 8:15am to make this all possible:
My son needs to be dressed with shoes on.
His lunch needs to be made and in his backpack.
A sippy or sports bottle needs to be ready to go.
I need to make sure I have taken my medicine for the morning.
My laptop bag with charger, planner, Bible study stuff, phone cable, and EBA coursework should be ready to be put in the car.
Then we go to get in the car…
Then this generally happens… Oh, I forgot a pen. Go back inside, get pen. Oh, I completely forgot my keys. Go back in and get keys. I’m so thirsty and OH I forgot to take my medicine. Back in again for those and for a toy for my little one to play with in the car. Now. Now, we are ready to actually get in the car.
We put on seatbelts. I take medication. We’re finally ready to pull out of the driveway and it’s 8:25.
Sigh. You would think after more than 6 months of this routine that I would learn from my mistakes. That I would figure out a way to not “fail” at this. But until now, I hadn’t thought of a way to fix my perpetual lateness. I’ve just been rolling with it and made the excuse that I’m just ditzy so I’ll live with it. Really, though, what am I teaching my little boy through this? How is he seeing what morning routines should be?
My sister gave me a great suggestion a couple years ago. Make lunches the night before. On top of that, maybe the night before, I should also just have everything ready to go at the front door. I know I can’t take my medicine beforehand but what if everything else that I keep forgetting is put at the front door just before I go to bed? I’m going to try it!
Do you have any ideas for me? I need help! I’m a perpetually late person and any help is sooo appreciated!!