The end of summer and the beginning of a new school year are always a touch adjustment! The first few weeks probably go pretty well, when we're at our most mom-on-her-game and things are scheduled and planned out. But then, as it happens, things usually go a little sideways. Mornings get harder. Kids are less excited to wake up and head to school, and our patience for fighting in the morning has long since vanished. So sometimes, mornings turn into one big disaster, with yelling and tears and anger. We're human, it happens, you know? But then you still have to take your kiddos to school and drop them off, after the crappy morning you all just had. Have you ever done that and just cried the rest of the way out of the drop-off line? Or sniffed back tears as you made the long walk back to your car?
Kids are dealing with a lot, and so are moms, and sometimes those things just come to a head at the worst times. If you've ever been one of those moms who cried after drop-off, or if you've seen a tear-streaked face walking away from school after kissing your own babies goodbye, then you'll want to read this.
Writer Meredith Ethington shared a very raw and real post on her Facebook page, Perfection Pending by Meredith Ethington. It's a picture of Meredith's tear-stained face and red-rimmed eyes, after crying the car following school drop-off. Meredith wasn't dropping her kiddos off for their very first day of school, or watching her youngest run into school without her for the first time. She was just trying to regroup after a tough morning, after going to battle with her kids before sending them off.
She cried because as a mom, all she does is worry about her kids and their day and how they're doing and whether or not they're making friends or struggling in school, and then we have a bad morning and send them off to all that worry PLUS dealing with the baggage of a morning battle. She cried because sometimes the work of being a mom is too much and gets the best of us. She cried because we're fighting battles every single day, and still doubting whether or not we're doing the right thing or the best thing for our kids.
If you've ever cried after dropping your kids off at school, even if it wasn't their first day, this is for you. This is for all the moms out there who push through, who fight the hard battles, who do what they know is right even if it feels wrong. The next time you see a mama having some emotions at drop-off, take a second out of your day and let her know you get it, and it's OK. Because she'll probably spend the rest of her day wondering if it will be.