One Mantra We All Need
I'm thrilled to be a guest blogger this week over at A Holy Experience for Ann Voskamp. Ann's honest gut-check writing prompted me to write about a gut-check of my own:
Purple ballpoint pens.
On last year’s “back to school” supply list for my kids, they were the straw that broke this Mama camel’s back.
When I was a teenager, I only needed two school supplies: paper and a handful of pencils.
Now my kids’ school says they need a thumb drive. Plus a protractor. Not just pencils but a certain brand of No. 2 pencils. It’s not a list for the faint of heart.
After 45 minutes at Target, our shopping cart was 90% full but our supply list was only 70% crossed off.
That meant more visits to school supply stores and websites.
More miles and hours that I didn’t have.
As my three kids hopped in our minivan in the parking lot, I asked a question I have asked so many times I find myself repeating it even when only adults are in the car: “Is everybody buckled?”
Two of my kids answered.
The third was already buried in a book.
Our unsuccessful search for purple ballpoint pens had pushed me too far. So I growled at my daughter, “KRISTA, ARE YOU BUCKLED?”
The tone of voice, the tension in my hands as I grabbed the steering wheel, the tight forehead. I was 180 degrees from the mom I want to be.
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