Just to be clear, Emma is now 9 and this photo is not current, but there are times when I look my girls and I still see them as little girls. I can't help it! And when they say "Mommy" it's definitely one of those times!
The guilt immediately set in! I had not fixed Zonkey. Zonkey is Emma's favorite stuffed animal. He is part zebra/part donkey. He was given to her by Aunt Cheryl and gets a place of honor on her bed each day and gets to snuggle with her at night and he has recently popped a seam. . . or maybe it was 4 weeks ago. It was also 4 weeks ago that I was asked to fix Zonkey and I forgot. Yep, guilt!
I kissed Emma bean good night and went straight to my next days to-do list and wrote repair Zonkey on the top of the list! Guilt slightly appeased! It's on the list!
First thing this morning I pulled out needle and thread and stitched up Poor Zonkey's popped seam. Well, maybe not first thing. I did go for a Starbucks . . . yum and I had to run to the grocery store, and by the time all the groceries were put away I was really hungry so I had lunch. But as soon as all those things were finished I fixed Zonkey. It really doesn't matter the order . . . right? Just so long as the job gets done.
Zonkey is now returned to his place of honor on Emma's bed seam intact. Guilt is gone! He really is very cute, for a stuffed animal.
Emma is going to be so happy when she gets home from school and finds Zonkey all better. However, I don't intend to tell her he is fixed until she begins to grump about doing her homework. When she starts to fuss I will announce that Zonkey is repaired and she will be so grateful that she will do her homework without complaint. That's how I imagine this afternoon will go anyway. Please don't burst my bubble!!
Guilt free mom!