So it only took about two days before I realized that my mom was doing entirely too much for me. Watching my kid, cleaning my house, cooking my meals. What kind of adult was I?! I made the decision to carry my own weight. It started with breakfast.
Suffice it to say that I was not even an eighth of the cook my mother is. They were the worst pancakes I’ve ever eaten in my life. Half cooked, with the fruit all on one side. It was awful.
I made a huge mess while cooking, too. Like, did you know batter could explode? I do now. Being a grown up is not all I thought it was going to be.
Anyway, I did the cleaning and then got Beanie ready for Mom. Today was my favorite class: Figure drawing. We all just sit wherever we feel like it and draw people.
Today I decided to check out the goings on in the student union. I had only been drawing for about an hour when I got a call from Mom.
She said all was well and that I shouldn’t worry but that I should get home soon so that I could check out Beanie.
Who calls and says get home soon but no worries?!
I skipped the rest of class and hopped right in my car. I drove home as fast as I could safely manage.
As I was running up the walk I noticed Mom was passed out in the lawn chair but Beanie looked fine. Happy as a clam in the sand as my Dad might say.
As I rounded the corner, Violet did have something excited to show me. She crawled right on over to me and giggled the whole way!
“Oh my goodness, Bean! You’re on the move already!” I was not ready for this.
“She darn near crawled out the door right after you this morning!” Mom said pleasantly.
“I can’t believe I missed it, Mama!” I cried. “Her first real independent movement and I missed it!”
“Well, I doubt she’ll hold it against you, kiddo. Remember, you missed it for a reason. You’re bettering yourself now so you won’t miss the big things — the things she’ll remember you missed — later.” Mom gave me a big hug and left me alone with my now mobile daughter.
“Promise me you won’t do anything else awesome unless I’m home?”
She just giggled. I’ll take that as a no.