Driving home from Hannah's Halloween party, I expected to walk into the house and find two boys who were very angry with me. I expected Mac to yell and scream at me. I expected him to hit me and kick me. I expected Sam to be crying in the corner and also be be VERY angry with me.
When I arrived home, I left Hannah in the car, because I was not 100% sure the boys were in the house. But, then I saw the wet foot prints on the garage floor. Much to small to be Bob's. They were home. I got Hannah out of the car and entered the house, expecting to have everyone yell at me.
They ignored me. Maybe they weren't aware that I was home. I said hello to everyone. They said hi back, and went back to what they were doing. I sucked in a big breath of air and proceeded.
"Boys, I am sorry, I forgot that I needed to be at school at 12:15. Once I remembered it was too late to get there."
"It is OK Mom, Mrs. E and Mrs. O helped us. We all walked home in an umbrella parade and Dad met us at the corner. Sam was a little scared, and kept asking where you were, but Mrs. O called and Dad answered. It was actually kinda fun." -- Mac
"I missed you Mom, but I knew you would be coming home. Mrs. E stayed with me. She said I could go to her house if we couldn't find you." -- Sam
There was no yelling or screaming. I goofed, and the other moms covered for me. My village. I have a village now. My boys have other moms who will help them. We have arrived. I know that the other moms at the walker door are looking out for my boys too.
While I feel really bad about what happened. It wasn't like we didn't talk about it this morning. It wasn't like I didn't remind about 5 other people that there was a 1/2 day today. But, I still forgot. Everyone helped out and everything worked out.