“I’ll just have to be 15 minutes late”

There is something about being in the trenches that allows you to see with a clarity that is otherwise hard to achieve. Sometimes, when chaos is king and the shit is hitting the fan (both figuratively, and literally), you have an unexpected eye-of-the-storm moment where you are reminded of what is really important.

This was illustrated beautifully by a mom in our Ask the Chicks forum who shared with us her own eye-of-the-shitstorm moment that left us all nodding in agreement, and throwing up the Hunger Games salute. Her message is simple, but so important, and worthy of being read any day of the week.

“You know sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and say to yourself “I’ll just have to be 15 mins late”

As I’m trying to scramble this morning to get LO’s bag ready, milk ready, get her dressed, and change her diaper… (not including getting myself ready) she screamed the whole time, not fussing but screamed… (we both had almost NO SLEEP, so I knew she was just tired) once we were all ready, I then put her in her car seat and as she fought me… arching her back, crying and screaming.. I strapped her in & I started to tear up with frustration because I was also tired.. I get her all hooked up and all three bags on my arms and the keys in my hand I just looked at her and set everything down, I said “well, we will just have to be 15 mins late…” I put the car seat down, unhooked her, took her out and sat on the floor near the front door and just held her… and she took a deep breath and snuggled her head into my neck and stopped crying. We sat there for 15 mins and when it was time, I hooked her back in and she gave me the biggest “teethless” smile and we went on our way..

So what I learned was sometimes Monday mornings you just need to take a deep breath and be 15 mins late .”

A special thanks to Sarah J. for sharing her message with us, and allowing us to publish it here.

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  • That is so so true. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all the chaos of kids and duties and deadlines and forget what’s really important. Loving our kids and loving our family and friends is always worth that extra hug or squeeze or snuggle. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Best life lesson ever. I have never ever regretted those 15 minutes (or 5 minutes, or 35 minutes or calling in sick for a whole day to stay home with a sad, sick-ish baby even when I had a big meeting I’d miss at work, etc etc etc) and we’re all better for it. Thanks for sharing this…it’s an uphill battle and it’s always helpful for the reminder of what’s important.

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