A couple of weeks ago Jay came home from school with a flyer advertising “Breakfast With Buddies”. Basically, students were allowed to invite someone (a non-student) to have breakfast with them in the school cafeteria. As a mom who works a full time job, I rarely make it to these kinds of events. I can’t remember the last time I chaperoned a trip. It’s been years. I attend concert recitals and I’m always available if there is an issue where I have to meet with a teacher but I’ve never been to a field day or to the annual Thanksgiving lunch – And before today, I hadn’t been to a “Muffins with Mom” or any other fun breakfast gathering.
When the flyer came home, I knew I wanted to go. This is Jays last year in elementary school which means it’s my last opportunity to engage in these kinds of activities with him. Lately, I have been feeling a compulsion to make the most of the time we have here. To NOT put things off.
I asked Jay if he’d like me to go with him and he gave me an enthusiastic yes. I put it on my calendar and let my job know that I’d be in late.
Today was the day.
As we pulled into the parking lot, Jay told me that he hoped there would be bacon. I told him I didn’t think there would be, but we would see.
When we filed into the cafeteria along with all the other families, Jay disappointedly said, “Aw man, all they have are donuts. Ugh!”
Jay got his donut, I got mine and a cup of coffee. We sat and chit chatted for all of one minute before he said:
“You can go now if you need to.”
I told him that I hadn’t even finished my donut yet. He said “Oh, I’ll sit with you while you finish.” As if he was doing me a great favour.
As soon as I took the last bite he let me know that I could take my coffee to go. He was over the breakfast.
Well. OK then.
At least I got to sleep in for an extra 90 minutes – which I very much appreciated.