10/17/2008

Bad Mom Turned Good!

This morning I dropped Super O! off at her classroom. While we were putting her things away, I noticed several of her friends had envelopes with quarters clanking away. I knew they were doing face painting during lunch because of a big football game tonight, so I didn't think much of it because Super O! doesn't like to have her face painted. We finished our task, I kissed her goodbye and started walking towards the door. On my way, I overheard a few older students talking about the popcorn sale. The middle school students have popcorn sales frequently to raise money, but I had no idea there was a sale today. When I got to my truck, I found 50 cents and went back to give it to Super O! so she could get popcorn. I got to the classroom and saw all the kids lined up at the door waiting to walk to the office to get their tickets for the face painting and popcorn. All of the kids except for Super O! She was standing at the back of the line, off to the side, all by herself with an "I don't have money so I can't go" look on her face. My heart broke! She was the ONLY kid not in line! I walked up to her, gave her the money and asked if she wanted to get popcorn. Super O!'s face lit up like a Christmas tree. She grabbed me around the legs in a huge bear hug, looked up at my face and said "THANKS MOMMY!". I kissed her goodbye, told her to enjoy her snack and left.

As I walked back to my truck, I remembered being left out because my parents forgot something or didn't have the money for it. I never want Super O! to have to be that kid. I'm sure there will be times that I just forget, but I hope they're very few and far between.

Did that ever happen to you when you were a kid or have you ever forgotten to send something to school for your kids so they wouldn't be left out?

4 comments:

  1. There were many times that I (and my siblings) were left out because we didn't have the money for any of those extras. I know that feeling well and as old as I am, I can still feel the sting.

    Sure glad you heard those kids talking.

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  2. I'm so glad you heard that talk and took some action so your little one could join the others. Many times my siblings and I couldn't join in things because of financial issues. We had each other to lean on and make our own fun, but it still hurt to be left out. You did a good thing!

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  3. I remember when I was about ten, having been a girl scout for years and my troop was going to a week-long camping trip. Because we didn't have the $50.00 fee, I couldn't go. I was the only one of about 25 girls who didn't get to go. I'll never forget that feeling. I'm so glad you stepped in to save your little one from that misery.

    joyn

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