Friday, August 1, 2008

Mommy Guilt

I must say that I know we all experience moments of guilt from time to time, but my first real dose of "mommy guilt" was this past Wednesday. It was the last storytime for the summer at our local library and I was not able to take Grace. I know, I know, such a small thing you say, but to me it was sad :( For those of you that don't know, I have a wonderful job at a non-profit organization that allows me the flexibility of working in the office three days per week and from home the other two. Even on the days that I'm in the office, I usually have some flexibility in being able to take some time off to make the important storytime at the library. There's nothing like having a parent present during school plays, recitals, etc. so I make sure to encourage my staff to do the same.

We've been blessed that Lance's mother, Mimi, and my mom, Noonie, take care of Grace in our home the three days that I work in the office. I grew up very close to my grandparents and I love that Grace has some VIP one-on-one time with her two grandmas. But I still miss her when I'm at work - A LOT! It helps that the organization that I work for helps to make a difference in the lives of children or I don't think I could stand to be away from her to go to a job that I didn't believe in.

But on this particular Wednesday, a crisis appointment left me unable to go to storytime, and hence, the source of my mommy guilt. I didn't get to go with my little pumpkin to the last session for the summer. I asked my mom to take Grace since it was the last one and I didn't want her to miss it. She had lots of fun and even got to spend some time with our friends' kids Amelia and Abram.

Coloring oh so delicately! Hanging out with Amelia Talking to Abram Grace and Noonie Knowing how much I wanted to be there, Noonie brought Grace by my work for a little surprise visit - definitely made my day! Showing me a new book. Such a sweet little pumpkin! Goodbye, guilt. Life's too short to be held back by guilt. Tomorrow's a new day full of a Grace and Mama trip to the library :)

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