- Melanie Meehan
- I taught for several years at a residential school for children with emotional disabilities before staying home after the birth of my second daughter. I returned to teaching, finished my Educational Leadership program in May of 2012, and now work as our district's Writing and Social Studies Coordinator. I have always loved writing and find constant inspiration from my family. Maybe someday, I will get to see my name on the cover of a book!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Day #25: Some Challenges of Motherhood
Happy to be part of the Slice of Life Challenge hosted by twowritingteachers.wordpress.com. Day #25!
Just when I think that I have this motherhood thing going along pretty well, someone serves me up a piece of humble pie.
I have asked my daughter, Julia, a few times about her application for a summer program and she has reassured me that she had it "under control." Until last night. Last night, that would be March 23rd, she informed me that the application had been due on March 21st.
"You're going to be mad, Mom," she had said.
I tried not to be as mad as I really wanted to be. Mostly, my madness was coming out of a place of disappointment for her. She had worked so hard on the essay and the program would have been so good for her. Oh, and, it is free to the selected students...it's a free hiking and leadership program through Colorado mountains. Oh well.
"I will email the lady tomorrow and see if I can still send in my application," Julia said.
I don't think so, but she can try.
This morning as I drove Julia and Clare to school, I brought up summer plans again. Julia flicked through her instagram pictures and barely responded to any of my questions or suggestions. My blood was heating up as I was spouting out life's greatest advice to her and she was more interested in selfies of peripheral friends.
Note to self: do not try to engage daughter #2 in any kind of meaningful discussion before 9 in the morning.
Another note to self: make sure that anxiety is not getting the best of you. Anxiety leads to anger. Quickly.
And another reminder to self: your one little word for 2014 is kindness. Kindness. KINDNESS!!!
I did not manage to evoke any sort of summer plans for Julia in the 10 minute car ride, but I did avoid mother/daughter disaster by saying something along the lines of not being mad and just being interested in helping her figure out a great summer. It definitely helped to change the topic and analyze who is in the best position to win the family March Madness pool, since her bracket is in the best shape at this point.
Clare caught on and winked at me in the rear-view mirror.
I love those girls.