Any parent knows there are a million things you have to keep track of at any given time when it comes to raising kids. My wife is the master of keeping all the things straight, and planning ahead. The thing I am most noted for is that when I leave the house, I will shortly return to grab that one thing I forgot. I no sooner walk out the door and head for the car when I realize my [insert item] has been left in the house. I have the morning routine of getting the kids out of the house and too school and I can’t think of a week recently I haven’t forgotten my youngest sons’ glasses.
A few days ago I was getting my kids out of the house and off to school. Shortly after pulling out of the driveway I realized I had left my sons’ glasses at home. I began to turn the car around when my 2 year old daughter asked me where we were going. “I forgot your brother’s glasses,” I said. “Nooooo,” she said with a stern look on her face, “they in my backpack.” I responded by telling her that she had not, but then I reached into her backpack and realized there were his glasses. I couldn’t believe it, my 2 year old had more sense to organize things than I did.
Sometimes you wonder if you are making a difference in your kids lives, hoping they are learning what they need to know. My daughter clearly has learned organizational skills from her mother, which is encouraging for me that she hasn’t gotten them from my example. When the time comes for me to need care I know I am in good hands, although clearly I need more care than I thought.