"What's the problem?" I asked.
"You forgot to pack your daughter's snack today," she said. "Also, you forgot it one other time. I don't know what's going on there."
I pay a small fortune for my kids to get school lunch (which I'm convinced they don't actually eat), but in addition to that, we have to pack a snack. I don't remember having snack time in elementary school. I think we got lunch and that's it. But regardless, snack time is the convention. And on two occasions in a three month period, I forgot to pack it.
The thing that surprised me is... am I really the only mom in the whole class who forgot to pack a snack twice in three months? Is that really something that should make the teacher look at me like I'm irresponsible? I have a lot of things to do in the morning and I just forgot.
I used to have a great memory.
I don't know what happened. I can't remember anything anymore. I have alarms in my phone to remind me to tell my daughter to pack her clarinet on band day, to remind her to study for her Friday exams, because I'd never remember otherwise. I put reminders and alarms in my phone about every appointment, every social event, everything I do.
And it's still not enough. My kindergartner is totally incapable of remembering her backpack in the morning if I don't remind her, and yesterday, I forgot to remind her. So we got to school and.... no backpack. I had to call my husband and beg him to bring her the backpack on his way to work, which he did, but I forgot to put her dance clothes in the backpack, which was practically the only thing she needed in the damn thing anyway.
But at least her snack was in there.