Did I ever tell you about the time I used a hot glue gun to attach Girl Scout badges to a sash? As the mother of four boys, the whole Brownie/Girl Scout thing was completely foreign to me. When I discovered that I had to attach some badges to a sash, I might have hit the panic button. Fairly convinced that there was not a needle and thread to be found in my house, I came upon a hot glue gun. (Who knows why I had that! I was not the least bit crafty.) Anyway, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Unfortunately, the next day when I sent my precious little Brownie off to school in her uniform, sash and badges, it was cold out. By about 9am the badges had all begun to fall off, which was the cause of considerable laughter among her classmates and teachers. As I categorize the embarrassing moments I created for my children, that one goes in there with the “Invent America” disasters. We submitted some of the worst inventions in the history of the school, and most of them were created the night before they were due. I often argued that not every mother is an inventor (or a seamstress, or a musician, or a scientist, or an artist), and so we shouldn’t be expected to match skills with those who were talented in those areas. I was good at some stuff – getting my kids to games and practices on time, baking cookies, reading, and I’m pretty sure there were other things. They’re just not coming to me right now.
The idea that we mothers have to be able to make everything right for our kids is nuts! A perfect Science Fair project, a beautifully drawn illustration, clean uniforms every day, elaborately decorated cupcakes, or whatever it is we think we need to do to impress the other ten year olds and their parents – none of these really matter that much. The failed attempts are the ones we remember and laugh about. The successes are fine, but they just reinforce for us what we already know – that we’re good at that one thing. It’s the project gone wrong that can bring a smile and a grimace to our faces years later, and that can make for great conversations as our children grow up. Those colossal failures can also reassure our children that we don’t expect them to be perfect at everything. We try. We do some things well and some things not so well. We learn to try again, and we learn to laugh at ourselves in the process, understanding that there are no perfect mothers no matter what our husbands tell us.
“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.” Twain
11 Muffins for Moms and May Procession, 8:45am
12 Mass at noon
Knights of Columbus Teacher Appreciation Night, 7pm
14 Happy Mothers’ Day
15 CYO Awards Banquet, 6pm
16 Patrol Picnic, 8th grade
Eighth Grade Retreat departs
18 Eighth Grade Retreat returns
In-School Planetarium, Grades K – 3
Seventh Grade, HSPT
19 Mass at 9am
20 Practice for Confirmation, in the church, 9:00am
23 Seventh grade to Gettysburg
24 Last day of class for eighth grade
25 Field Day, HALF DAY – DISMISSAL AT 12:10PM – 1:00PM No after school care
26 NO SCHOOL
29 NO SCHOOL Memorial Day
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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