I have mommy brain. I know I have mommy brain. But what my mommy brain did the other day is bad. BAD, BAD. Like I want to crawl under a rock and die, bad.
I brought my son to Tae Kwon Do. It’s only a 30-minute class, so all the moms/nannies/dads/grandmas stay and watch. I realized after class started that I forgot to put money in the meter. So I told my son that I had to run to the car and I’d be right back. I didn’t want him wondering where I was when he checked to make sure I saw his ass kicks. I mean, axe kicks.
On the way to the car, I called the pediatrician to schedule my kids’ well visits. I mean, God forbid there are 15 minutes when I’m not multitasking. The world would fall apart. No really, it would.
I got to the car. I got into the car. I turned the car on. And I drove towards home.
As I was driving, I had a brief moment of, “Huh, things are so quiet …”
I went a good 9 blocks before I realized OH MY F*&^ING GOD I FORGOT MY SON!
Panicked, I turned the car around. I drove like a bat out of hell back to Tae Kwon Do. Speed limit be damned!
Thoughts of my tiny son standing alone on a street corner, crying for mommy, filled my head. Unlike most classes and preschools, the Tae Kwon Do place doesn’t make you sign your kid out or anything. Probably because YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE THERE! So he could easily just leave.
My son was putting on his shoes when I walked in the door. Class had just ended. PHEW! I tried to compose myself and mop the sweat pouring off of my freaked out face so he wouldn’t think anything was amiss.
“Where were you, Mommy?” he asked, looking up at me with his huge, hazel eyes. That kid doesn’t miss a beat.
“Ummm… I was just standing outside on the phone with the doctor,” I lied. I couldn’t tell him the truth. I couldn’t tell him that his scatterbrained, overtired mom FORGOT he existed for 15 minutes. That’s years of therapy I’d like to spare him. Because I may not always remember he exists, but I do love him. More than anything on earth.
OK, I showed you mine, now show me yours. What was your WORST mommy brain moment?