"99% of being a good parent is doing what you don't feel like doing." -- Susie Fairchild
Yesterday was the Winter Carnival at Punkin's school. I was supposed to bring a baked good to it, but I didn't bake anything. "Winter Carnival... pfft. I'm not that kind of Mom..." A cop out, most certainly, but one I felt comfortable with (for reasons that will shortly become clear).
Punkin wanted to go to the carnival -- she was relentless about it. The very last thing I wanted to do was go there. I had floors to wash and laundry to do and and and a million other things I could think of. Hubby and I talked about it. "Look, Kel... she really wants to go. It's *her* school." I rolled my eyes and my inner child whined "But I don't WANT to go!" As is frequently the case, Hubby was right.
Truthfully, those kind of events intimidate me. I imagine all the Moms there to be stay-at-home Moms who are "room mothers" and organized and all involved with the school and on PTA committees and all band together to form one giant clique. They all know eachother, and I don't fit in.
Punkin and I got ourselves cleaned up and dressed and we went to the Winter carnival. The place was packed and there were kids and parents EVERYWHERE and it was loud and I still have some tickets leftover.
Punkin had a great time, running around the school, playing games with her friends. I talked with the mom of one of her friends for a while. I had planned on staying at the carnival for an hour, we were there for two.
After that, Punkin and I went shopping for winter boots for her, and to the grocery store. Two other errands I really didn't want to do, but needed to be done. It took three stores to find a pair of winter boots in her size (and I was able to pick up a couple of shirts for me in the process).
All in all, Saturday was a good day. I was glad I went to the carnival, and that we were able to get a couple of other errands done in the process. While there, I even thought that I might bake something for the carnival next year. I could probably volunteer, too.