Today isn’t the Luau - My WAHM Plan

Today isn’t the Luau

That’s what my 5th grade daughter said to me as soon as I picked up the phone rather frantically this morning. I say frantically because I was driving to the school to volunteer at the Luau when her phone call came in.

Seeing it was the school calling at this time of morning makes a Mom’s mind jump into sick or hurt kid mode. But no- it was my sweet daughter saving her over tired Mom from showing up at the wrong event on the wrong day.

After I thanked her and hung up, I started laughing as I turned around to head back home.  I found it quite funny that Mrs. Planner me, Mrs. “I’ve got this handled” me was heading to school to be keep my “appointment” with the 5th grade classes who would need me to guide them in all things crafty at my table from 10 am to 11am. It said so on my planner. 

A portion of my planning tools

I even had my daughter convinced that it must be a combo event-  a field day and Luau party day because it was on my planner and on the family calendar and since I am very rarely wrong on scheduling and even more rarely miss an appointment, we believed me.

I even had Melissa lug a bag full of Bubbles and drink pouches on the bus with her this morning so they would be there, ready for the parents arriving early to set up for the Luau. 

Except that I was wrong and it’s not Luau day. 

It’s field day.  I didn’t volunteer to help on field day because it’s Friday and I always work on billing etc. for my husband’s business on Friday’s.

So why did I find myself half way to school, still air drying the back of my hair on a Friday morning?

I can come up with several plausible explanations-

  •  I am sleep deprived (says every parent on the planet trying to finish out the school year strong).
  •  I looked at the wrong planner/calendar/notepad/notebook/post it notes. (Which is true, I had the right info on the family calendar.)
  • Melissa thought it was Luau day too.

But in the end, I think this little “Oops” was much needed comic relief. The universes way of saying “Hey Linda, slow down and quit white knuckling yourself to the end of the school year”.  

Message received loud and clear Universe!

I took a look at my planner just now and surprisingly, happily, the only thing I have on my planner for Friday May 23rd is: Our Summer starts!

Whew- I think I’m going to make it after all!

Share with me in comments: Have you ever showed up at an event on the wrong day or time?  And when do your kids get out of school for summer?


  1. Love your life happenings! Well written and exactly how things go around our home even though all kids are grown and out of the house. I think I need to hit the reset button for our life events too! ;)

  2. Hi Donna,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a supportive comment. I'm glad to hear that I'm not alone in my need to hit the reset button.

  3. I've been there! I think that I have been sleep deprived for 5 years straight now. ;)

    My big oops was not an accident, but I had to rush from work to my son's school performance at Christmas time. There was really bad weather and I ended up getting there a few minutes after he was on, so I missed it. It was the same day that the big ice storm hit Dallas. They ended up sending the kids home early that day and school was closed for an entire week because the weather got so bad. I still feel bad that I missed his first performance and got there shortly after his part was over.

  4. Hi Daisy,

    Oh no! I can see how you would still feel bad for missing your sons first performance, even though I'm sure you've had family and friends tell you it wasn't your fault. You can't fight Mother Nature and you tried to be there.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I enjoyed reading this because I can totally identify!! So easy to get on the wrong page some times! (((Hugs))) from one mom surviving the last of the school year to another.

  6. Hi Barb,

    Thanks for the support and big virtual hug, I appreciate both!

    Today is the Luau so I'm going to breeze in there and have fun getting crafty.

  7. As a first time mom, I'm learning the wisdom of saying "oops." Lol, feels good to know I'm not alone!

  8. Hi Kimi,

    Saying Oops will be your BFF! Welcome to Motherhood and you are not alone.

    Thanks for stopping by.


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