Here's the line-up. Which of these sweet angels totally embarrassed their mommy at the rec. center today?
Who me? Couldn't be!
Little Catherine has been pleading with me for months to sign her up for gymnastics class. Since she is a tad bit clingy, kind of like a boa constrictor with a ponytail, I waited for a while to make sure she was ready.
Today was the big day.
She was thrilled. She practically bounced into the building on her hands.
She was so excited!
Then, all of a sudden, she wasn't.
She started slowly walking backwards, planning her escape.
"I think I changed my mind Mom.", she told me. "I don't want to go."
The only thing I could think of to do was scoop her up and walk towards the teacher. I really didn't know what I was going to do when I got there, but it seemed like a responsible mother thing to do. Everything would have probably worked out fine if Victoria hadn't decided at that exact moment to start freaking out for no apparent reason. (this picture is post-freak out)
Victoria's crying seemed to give Catherine the permission to get hysterical. She shrieked as I tossed her into the teacher's arms. I waved at her from the window while Victoria tried to fling herself into the arms of a complete stranger, while making her "special" noises.
(By the way, Francesca was eating, so of course, she was a happy camper)
I was chagrined.. All the cool moms were trying hard not to stare. Then, I felt terrible that I felt embarrassed about my kids. But just for a moment, I wished we could be a little more anonymous.
I wished that everywhere we went I wouldn't have to brace myself for weird looks and strange questions like, "How did you happen to have so many kids with lots of problems? Do you have bad genes or what?" (someone really did ask me this.)
Has anyone else ever felt like this or I am just a big wimp? You can tell me, I can take it.
Then someone threw up. And it wasn't one of my kids! We may not be cool, but at least we can hold our food down.
When I tucked Catherine into bed tonight, she told me, "Mom, I am very serious about gymnastics. I had so much fun today!"
Ahhhhh.....sweet perspective. Tomorrow, I'd better put on my super mom panties and get tough.