School was canceled today, there was no power at the school, and I just couldn't switch gears. Why couldn't I have just said, "Hooray! Let's have a fun day off!". Instead, I felt worn out just thinking about how to entertain these kids all day. And I didn't do a very good job at entertaining them, at all. I had errands to run, they didn't want to join me. We didn't go to a park. Or a museum. Or hiking. What a bad mom. Now I see it, the missed opportunity, but this morning, I felt overwhelmed by having to change my entire day. And this is motherhood. Parenting. Where is the perfection?
Tonight, on the fourth night of Chanukah, Mayim got a Boba Fett watch. He immediately burst into tears and was inconsolable for the rest of the night. He cried all through dinner. I drew him a nice, relaxing bath. I dimmed the lights and lit a candle, hoping this would soothe him. He lay down in the nice, hot water and continued to cry and cry. Finally, after enough crying, I helped him get out of the bath. I wrapped his towel around him and started to dry his hair. This is the moment that the Chanukah miracle happened. Lavi secretly planned to switch watches with Mayim. He quietly came into the bathroom as Mayim was getting out of the bathtub. He gave Mayim the watch that he received for Chanukah, a BB8 watch. (BB8 is a new droid that makes his debut in the new Star Wars Movie). Mayim's fourth night of Chanukah was saved! Hooray for Lavi! Hooray for BB8! Hooray for digital watches! (Boba Fett is an analog watch with no numbers, Mayim was in despair because he could not read this watch with no numbers. He wanted, "NEEDED", a digital watch). Lavi is a good brother. A sweet boy. A mensch. I wonder how I got such a nice kid.