This is more than just a sunrise, she thought. A sight this beautiful could only mean one thing-
this was going to be a terrific day.
In between refereeing an indoor game of basketball turned rugby,
And after consoling a distraught three year old who couldn't find the right light saber,
the mom went about her morning routine. She made a hot breakfast for her darling children, and lovingly packed their lunches,
which were complete with personalized PB&J's.
Damn, this mom thought. I am the bomb. Could this day be any more perfect?
The mom (who by this point was feeling quite cocky) happily buzzed around the kitchen and placed the finishing touches on her boys' backpacks.
Water bottles? Check.
Library books? Check.
The mom drove her little men to the bus stop, kissed them farewell, and proudly watched as they climbed aboard the bus.
Her morning continued with a second cup of coffee, a card game of 'war' with the little's, and thoughts about what to fill the remainder of the day with. The perfection was bound to continue.
The mom received a text message from her son's second grade teacher.
No totally terrific me poster? It read.
In an instant, the hot dogging mom, the one who hours earlier had patted herself on the back about her perfect morning filled with perfect pancakes, perfectly-packed organic lunches, and her perfect children, was given a reality check.
One that was perfectly-deserved.
For on this very day, her son was due to become the next 'Totally Terrific Me' of his classroom. A title that comes only once per year. A title her son had been waiting for. ALL. YEAR. LONG.
Though the mom had been given plenty of notice about the upcoming day in the spotlight for her son, she neglected to commemorate the event. No Totally Terrific Me poster, no special items brought from home, no estimation jar filled with his choice of candy and trinkets.
Her totally terrific day had just become totally (and terrifically) shitty.
Lucky for the boy, his teacher graced him with an extra week to complete his Totally Terrific Me assignments and was even kind enough to award him with a new date in which he will be crowned the next Totally Terrific Me.
That's right. A Totally Terrific Redo.
In BIG, BOLD letters, the mom scrawled the date onto the family calendar.
March 9, 2012 TOTALLY TERRIFIC ME!
The far-from-perfect mom, the one who had just been plucked from her fantasy land of perfection and transported back to brass tacks, had a new mission. For she and her son (one who has been Totally Terrific and perfect ever since the day he was born) are going to make this project one he, his classmates, and his teacher will never forget.