When it comes to motherhood, I feel confident in saying there are certain aspects I excel at. I'm pretty fantastic at handling a toddler tantrum, if only because I can find that place within myself where I feel no pain or sense of time. I am exceptional at afternoon cuddles, and would win a medal if there was a contest for such a thing. One thing I know I fail at, however, is being on-time. It never happens. So, I have some questions for the mom who's never late; questions that I think deserve an answer, since silently asking myself how being on time with children is physically possible hasn't necessarily helped my situation.
Here's the thing: I wasn't necessarily the most punctual person before I had children. I was late to college classes and late to parties and late to study sessions and definitely late to brunches. However, I have grown exponentially since having a child, so I assumed that procreating was going to assist me in the punctuality department. Yeah, that didn't happen. Now that I have a 2-year-old toddler, I'm never, ever, on time. To anything. I'm an hour late to playdates and I'm thirty minutes late to his very important pediatrician appointments and I can't necessarily manage to get to work on time either because, well, mornings with a kid are a freakin' hellscape from which there is no escape.
And still, almost every single day, I witness a mom with a kid (sometimes multiple kids) arriving on time as if it's this effortless thing we're all capable of doing. How is this even possible? What in the world has she discovered that seems to constantly allude me? Of course, there's only one way to find out, so here are just a few questions I have for that never late, usually early, prompt as hell mom. Please, teach me your ways.