Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Bad Days REALLY Make Me Appreciate the Good Days

A Working Mommy's Perspective: Why the Bad Days Make Me Appreciate the Good Ones
Last Thursday was one of the WORST days of my life.  I'm not a drama queen, it really was terrible.  I had to travel four hours away for a presentation to a customer site, as part of my new territory for my job.  I'm not thrilled to be traveling to begin with, and I walk out of my hotel at 6:00am, only to find blowing winds and snow all over the ground.  Wonderful.

I get in my car and even though the roads are slick, I'm not too worried because my meeting doesn't start until 7:30 and it would normally only take 20 minutes to get there.  I'm not worried until I hit the highway.  Traffic isn't even moving, there are cars in every ditch, police lights are flashing everywhere.  It's pretty much mass chaos.  I creep along the highway and at 6:45 I'm started to get panicky.  I've still only gone about a mile in 45 minutes and my meeting is still scheduled to start at 7:30.

Well fast forward to 8:15 and I'm still in my car on the highway.  I know I should probably get off and take a sidestreet, but I don't know this city well enough to navigate the side streets.  I'm now 45 minutes late the meeting.  Cars are sliding around all over the place and I honestly feel like I'm lucky to be alive when I finally pull up at my customer site at 8:45, over an hour late and almost three hours after I left my hotel at 6:00.  I only drove 15 miles. 

I spend the next 6 hours talking to customers about our products and I haven't even had a chance to eat or drink anything when I run to my car at 3:00.  My goal is to make it home in time to put the kids to bed.  Unfortunately it's been snowing all day still and the roads are still bad so my four hour drive turns into 5 and a half and I miss putting the kids to bed.

You would think this would make me gloomy, but the next morning the kids wake up and they make up for everything that happened the day before.  They are SO excited to see me and I've never seen them so sweet.  They both keep coming up to hug me and Munchkin Girl keeps telling me how much she missed me (Keep in mind it was only one day).  Even Little Buddy keeps pausing while playing with his trucks. He lays his head on my lap, gives me a huge grin, and then goes back to his trucks.  It really makes me realize how lucky I am to be able the be the one who normally gets to get them out of the bed in their pajamas and feed them breakfast.  I love sitting at the table with them and then reading them books while they sit in my lap before we get dressed for the day.  Sure, sometimes they scream and fight and demand pink forks when I don't have pink forks, and I don't love ALL my days as a working Mom, but the bad days sure make me appreciate the good days.

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  1. that does sound like a bad day! I hate driving in the snow, especially when you're somewhere unfamiliar! But that's so great that the kids can make up for it!

  2. I hate driving in snow. Glad you made it safely back. Kid hugs and kisses make up for so much!

  3. Wow, that sounds awful! Happy you were ok.
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  4. Awww - I love this story. I had something similar happen. Last Wednesday was my husband's (delayed) holiday party. His parents watched Taylor from right after work until her bedtime so I didn't really get to see her.

    When she cried for her middle of the night feeding, she looked up and saw me and had the HUGEST grin on her face. She missed me.

    I couldn't have been more pleased. :) :)

  5. That's so sweet. Your kids are adorable.

    So glad you made it home safely. Whew!

  6. Hi!

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    That is so sweet. Your kids sound precious!

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  8. I love this post! You almost made me cry! This was my life up to a year ago. I have been blessed since the birth of my daughter to be at home now...but I could totally empathize :) Thank you so much for linking up today! I stole your cute button:)

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