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100 Days!

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This week elementary children all over the country celebrated 100 days of school. Teachers asked students to show them what 100 looks like by bringing in 100 of something. 100 is a big number and it’s a big task for a 5, 6 or 7-year old. They spend a lot of time preparing; thinking, plotting and reminding their parents to help them find, make or buy 100 of something to show off to their teachers and classmates. In some cases like the school I work at (and the one my kids went to up until the 5th grade) exhibits are set up showcasing the creative way students bring 100 to the classroom. Always excited to see what they come up with, this year’s exhibit met the bar with such items as 100 colorful ribbons hanging from a branch, 100 Cheerios strung together on a necklace string, 100 pieces of macaroni spelling out a child’s name, 100 different Hot Wheels cars, beautiful buttons and gorgeous gems to name a few. It brought back memories for me from when my kids were at this school. That evening when I was telling my now 6th grader about the exhibits, it brought back memories for her too.

Do you remember what you gave me to bring in for my 100th day in Kindergarten? She asked.

Um, y-e-a-h. I said, like a peacock fanning it’s plume. “In fact”, I went on, “I think I still have that Tupperware lid that says 100 Kisses on it. I couldn’t help by pause to give myself a little mental pat on the mother-of-the-year-award back for the clever pun of sending 100 Kisses into her class. Hershey Kisses of course!

Those were the days when all I ever thought about was how to be the best-est mother ev-ah! Lost in my moment of motherhood glory I almost missed the scowl on her face.

What? Was that not the best 100 Days ever? Come on, I said. 100 Hershey Kisses! How clever?

Um, Mom, I don’t mean to ruffle your (peacock pluming) feathers but that was not my 100 days. That was Noah’s.

Don’t you remember what you did for mine?

cupcake holderI thought I had. Confusion set in. She was right though, that was for Noah and I was drawing a blank. I’m lucky if I can remember where I set my car keys down when I come home from work these days. Surely it must’ve been great, if not greater than the Hershey Kisses I quickly convinced myself and then a vague, blurred memory began to clear in my head.

Yes, I remember. “Cupcakes! I made 100 cupcakes for the whole school!” I said, beaming.

Mom! I was 5, so excited and that morning you must have forgotten. When I asked you about it, you went to the cupboard and took out cupcake holders. You gave me cupcake holders! You told me ‘No other kid will have these.’ 

Now it was all coming back to me — like a bad dream.

“That wasn’t even the worst part”, she went on. “I brought them into class and when Susan (the teacher) saw them, she told me to count them.”

There was only 54!

Okay, cupcake holders for the 100th day of school are lame and math was never my forte.  I guess I wasn’t the super-clever-mom my mind’s eye seemed to remember me to be either — that time.

What can I say? Parents try their best – always. Sometimes, we come up short.

Like, 46 cupcake holders short.

Sorry, Han.

Do you have a coming-up-short parenting moment you can share?

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  1. J
    March 10, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Oh, I STILL think you’re the best-est mother ev-ah! (well, certainly the funniest…)

    It’s a little early in the morning to recall all my mothering faux pas, but I do remember the time it was “bring your stuffie” to school day”, and I was halfway into the 30 minute drive (and late, to boot) when I realized the stuffie was still at home. I debated for a moment, and then remembered there was something that “might work” in the glove compartment. My poor son brought a couple of porcelain cats to school that day (not quite sure why I even had those in the car…)

    • March 10, 2013 at 8:24 am

      That is hysterical J ~ that you gave them to him as a substitute & that they were in your car! 🙂

  2. jen
    March 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

    too funny! darn those kids and their fresh memory cells!

    • March 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Yes, Jen! Darn those kids & their fresh memory cells!! 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    March 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Wonderful story, Karen. I cringe, because I remember so many times when I came up short. Somehow, we and our kids survive them…but recalling them now is uncomfortable. Thanks for writing. It’s inspiring.

    • March 10, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Thank you, Anonymous! I appreciate your reading & commenting!

  4. March 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Oh dear – sorry for laughing at this mishap. Kids don’t forget anything, do they?

    • March 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      No Lady, they don’t. Please don’t apologize for laughing — if we can’t laugh at our mishaps then what? Thanks so much for reading/commenting. 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    March 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Remember…if you were perfect it would be unbearable. Nobody wants a perfect mother, we just think we do.

    • March 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Indeed. 🙂

  6. March 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Karen ~ energy…at the end of the day my girls askme to read to them and I just have so little energy left. I’ll sit and hold them and watch everything bu Sponge Bob with them but reading is tough. I start reading and it just makes me start yawning. Otherwise I’m still gold in their eyes……I can rationalize anything at this point to them. 🙂 But that 4 year old is catching on to me! Cute post Karen. I am usre I will have plenty of coming-up-short moments inthe future; especially with the shape of my memory…

    • March 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Andy! Not surprising that the 4-yr is catching on. By 5 they have those excellent memory cells that will come back to bite you one day so be alert! Stay awake! Drink coffee if you have to and neva-ev-ah send in cupcake holders on the 100th day! 🙂

  7. March 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Oh, gosh, that is hysterical, Karen! 54 cupcake holders!!! I needed a good chuckle. For Maycee’s 100th day of school (they primarily do this in Kindergarten here) we used 100 of my old earring studs and made a cardboard tree and poked every single one of the earrings threw to make an Earring Tree. 🙂 Maycee did help, too! It was so fun. I was lucky to have that many earrings, but working at Claire’s Boutique for 2 years in college helped, lol. I had a “falling short” story just last week. Maycee has an archeology class in her after care program, and they gave the kids tablets to carefully dig out of a hardened chunk of mud, after which they were supposed to dicipher the cuneiform writing on the tablet. Maycee, with missing so much school last week, didn’t have her cuneiform decoder with her, so I got the bright idea to go online to look it up. Yeah, right! Turns out there are 100’s of different kinds of cuneiform alphabets. So, I printed the one that looked to be closest to what was on her tablet, but much to my dismay, Maycee informed me it wasn’t the right thing. We try! 🙂 XOXO-SWM

    • March 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Oh, Kasey! Yes, we try and that’s all we really can do, try our best and I know you do. Been thinking about you & your little one, hoping she is feeling better. 🙂

  8. Anonymous
    March 16, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Karen, your blog brought back some memories to me, l would be reading a story to Noah and Hannah (at different times) sometimes l would be tired ,l would skip a page or two,but they would always cop on,and say Nanna you skipped some pages,no flies on these kids.

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