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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Get Back on that Horse.

I have no pictures from the first day of school.  I was called down in an “emergency” …. One of my children played too hard.  They played so hard that they forgot to stop and take a potty break. 

By the time I got there with a change of shorts and underwear… that child was a “hot mess.”  Pants, underwear, socks, and even shoes were soaked.  (We needed to get new shoes tonight.)  I’m not going to name this child because – the truth is – it could have been either of them.  It could be any child.  I'm also sure this was the big conversation of Preschool.

Going somewhere new is so hard.  Everyone is new. The rules are new. The expectations are new.  When I got there… my child was crying a hysterical cry … “I want to go home.”

“I want to go home.”  I said those same words about 20 couple years ago.

I was in the 4th grade and went to a local church camp.  The last night was this big dinner – parents and everyone came.  Before we went down – our counselor asked us if we needed to use the bathroom.  Of course I didn’t.  Half way through the meal – I did.  I told my counselor and she didn’t believe me.  She said to hold it.  I couldn’t.  I was 10 years old and peed myself during a huge banquet… and sat quiet, using my feet to try to contain the puddle under my chair.

When we were finally able to leave the banquet – I ran to the bathroom and soaked my entire skirt – so the whole thing looked wet – not just the backside.

I don’t think I fooled anyone.  And I never went back to that camp.  I remember telling my mom, “I just want to go home.”

Ps…. Prior to this post – I could count the number of people who knew this story on 1 hand.

I’m so proud of my kids.  I know they are not yet 3 and will probably never remember this incident.  But… my child changed their clothes and went back to play.  My child is going back to Preschool tomorrow – despite being the “kid who peed their pants.”  I couldn’t be prouder.  Way to get back on that horse.  You are my role model.

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5 Comments:

At October 4, 2011 at 10:25 AM , Blogger Non-Stop Mom said...

That is a fantastic story - isn't it amazing how kids at that age just get through the potential drama and keep going? Adults could take a lesson from them, for sure.

I don't remember having any accidents when I was in school, but I know that a friend of mine did in 5th grade. I don't remember the circumstances, just that it happened. We were best friends forever, but we never spoke of it. My mother took her some clean clothes (her mother worked) and life went on as far as I could see.

Great post!

:)
Amy

 
At October 4, 2011 at 10:27 AM , Blogger Laura said...

When I was in 6th grade (yes I was 12!) I was walking home from school with one of my friends. It was about 2 miles home, and I made it MOST of the way there.... I could SEE my backyard across a field but knew I'd never make it there, so we stopped at the 7-11 gas station to use the bathroom. I got in there and couldn't get my pants down fast enough. I stood next to the toilet and peed myself. Then I splashed the rest of me with water from the sink. I then told her I wanted everyone to think we had a water fight on the way home. Yeah, like she believed THAT story....

And like you, only a handful of people know this... in fact I just told my husband that story for the first time two weeks ago while he was on vacation :)

 
At October 4, 2011 at 6:18 PM , Blogger jen@its all about me said...

What a great story and how adorable is that picture? And what beautiful little role models they are.

I don't know if I'm lucky or not but I wasn't the pee or poop kid I was the kid with stitches and bumps on her head all the time, a la tom boy!

Speaking of lucky....has someone checked my blog today *hint,:)*

 
At October 4, 2011 at 8:54 PM , Blogger Minivan Mama said...

Kids can be so much tougher than us moms. What hurts them, hurts us 10 times harder.

 
At October 4, 2011 at 9:03 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

Great story. And even greater is the way that you relate to your kids, and really try to understand how they view things. They are lucky to have such a great mom!

 

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