Most of the time, I’d say my inherent Penelope-ness is a boon to my role as mother. I’m organized, careful and in control. My children are clean, well-fed and always, always have their field trip permission slips signed on time.
But…sometimes, my Penelope ways are at war with what I know to be the right thing for a Mom to do.
Case in point: the other day, my husband and I were out with our 9 month old son, Jackson, and decided on the fly to stop by a favorite park on our way home.
Let’s all take a moment to notice that I did something “on the fly”. That doesn’t happen often. I was proud of my “go with the flow attitude”. Back to our story…
Not only was this trip not planned, but the weather, as it so often does here in the SF Bay Area, had gotten much colder than we’d thought it would when we dressed for the day.
So, there we all were, at the park. Unexpectedly. And Jackson was wearing a super cute pair of plaid shorts and a matching t-shirt. But it was cold and the only sweatshirt I had with me for him was a completely un-matching elephant one. In a totally different color scheme. The combination was sort of horrifying.
So, the Mom side of me knows to just put on the damn sweatshirt. And that’s what I did, immediately. I am not going to let my child be uncomfortable for even a second.
But my inner Penelope was shouting at me about un-matching sweatshirts and don’t I know that brown elephants do not go with navy/green plaid madras shorts and what if other people are wondering why you dressed your kid this way? I thought about casually striking up conversations with every single person at the park, finding a way to work into the flow of things the reason that my kid was wearing such a strange ensemble.
Then I realized… NO ONE CARES.
Sheesh. Sometimes Penelope is so annoying.
And, for your viewing pleasure, just a couple recent park photos, though, conspicuously, none from the day in question.