Weenie

I signed Michael’s teacher note and confirmed conferences. I found all three of Patrick’s library books and got them loaded into his backpack. I made a healthy lunch for Elise loaded with fresh fruit and veggies. All three kids had water bottles and snacks. BUT I forgot it was stuffed animal pet parade at preschool today. 30 minutes of extra driving and one giant hug from Elise and all is right with the world. Elise has her tutu wearing dog, Weenie for Pet Parade Day.

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The kids will never know what all goes into getting kids ready and out the door for school until they have kids of their own ( thanks Mom for getting me to school for 13 years!). I don’t expect a thank you from them, though occasionally I get one and that makes me happy, but today I dropped the ball.
It is a special day for Elise and I forgot.
When I walked into Elise’s classroom holding Weenie I saw her before she saw me; I love moments like that. I love when I can see my kids but they don’t know I am there. It is like a secret glimpse into their life at school. Kids are different at school and rarely do I get to steal moments of watching them in that environment.
Elise was sitting on a chair with slumped shoulders and head down. Every other kid was running around with their pet and Elise was sitting still. She was holding some blonde cocker spaniel stuffed dog that has seen much better days. She was petting its curly ears and you could almost see her thinking, I guess this dog isn’t so bad but he is no Weenie. That is when I made eye contact with Elise’s teacher. The teacher smiled and bent down and tapped Elise on the knee. Elise looked up and gave a look I recognize well. Her look said, don’t even try, whatever you say will not make this better. The teacher laughed and then pointed at me standing in the door holding out Weenie for her to see.
Because I dropped the ball and forgot Pet Parade Day I got to be a hero. Elise threw the cocker spaniel down and sprinted toward me Weenie. The teachers laughed, I handed over Weenie and collected a hug filled with pure joy from my daughter.
I got to be a hero today. It was as pretty awesome.

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