Originally written 6.15.11
I have an important meeting tonight that’s been on my calendar for 3 weeks. I f’d up last week. Had a sitter all lined up (my best friend and godmother to my oldest) and then realized that morning I had the wrong date. Note: I only realized this when I sent the person I’m meeting an email reviewing what I wanted to accomplish. His response, “WTF?”…Embarrassing!
So the meeting is tonight. Did I say it was important?
Well late last night I realized my 9 year old son, Aidan, has a project due tomorrow morning that we haven’t even started.
And here’s where I stop to gripe about the hardships of single motherhood.
1. Married moms would have a partner to get it done…don’t have that (I know some married moms will say they don’t have that either but that’s a topic for your own blog!)
2. His dad actually gets the same homework notices I do and even though Aidan was there all weekend, it wasn’t done. I kick myself for not texting his dad a reminder (no, divorce does not eliminate this from my to-do list, if I want to keep my sanity).
Which brings us back to my dilemma. Although I will have an adult in the house with my kids tonight (aforementioned godmother back again this week for the REAL meeting), I feel it is my responsibility to help him with the project. It’s a parent’s job, right?
I considered canceling. Not a good look professionally but it would mean I could get home, help with the project and get my son to bed at a decent hour. Until about 11am, that was the plan. Excuse all lined up…”Big PTA meeting I have to attend. Ex can’t cover it. Got sick. I don’t know, some stomach thing I think. I know, totally sucks and I’m really sorry.”
But no, I won’t cancel. I talk through the plan with the godmother and decide it’s a go…do mtg for an hour, duck out at 8, hop on the train, pick up my car at the lot (parked there instead of the street because my registration expired and I haven’t had a chance to get to motor vehicle to figure out why the hell I never got anything in the mail), stop at the grocery to get supplies for the project (don’t ask) and get home by 9pm to start.
And that, readers is work/life UNbalanced!!