For a Modern Mom: The Job, Kids, Forms . .

By Newmark, Judith | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), February 14, 1996 | Go to article overview

For a Modern Mom: The Job, Kids, Forms . .


Newmark, Judith, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


IHAVE done what every parent dreads.

I forgot to fill out a form.

It was an oversight, of course, not on purpose. I found out about it when I stopped off at home after taking my daughters to their gymnastics class, on my way to another school meeting. But I had to come home first because I had forgotten some notes. Good thing, too. There was a message waiting for me on the machine - my older daughter, using a mature voice, aiming for self-control.

"Mom," she said, "we were supposed to have our competition forms tonight. Also, the money for the competitions. And photographs of us to go with the forms. You have to find everything."

Unspoken: You were supposed to have done this already.

OK. My first task was to find the forms. They were not where all good forms go, attached by magnet to the refrigerator.

This is my filing system and it would work perfectly if not for our dogs. They consider refrigerator magnets especially fun and challenging chew-toys, since the only way to break the magnetic pull is to scoot the device downward, with the nose, until it's not touching metal. Since the dogs are large, this is not as tough as it might sound, and they are willing to work at it.

I did what any mom in my circumstances would have. I got down on all fours to explore the situation from a dog's point of view. Yes indeed, there were the forms, loose, wedged in between the side of the refrigerator and a kitchen cabinet. I was not willing to explore the dog's viewpoint any farther, so I have no idea what happened to the magnets. But I could guess. I expect to find rubbery little slivers of ex-magnet the next time I clean under the refrigerator. This means I will not have to deal with it for a long, long time.

The check was no problem; I do tend to know where money is. But current photos? I drew a blank.

And time was passing. I still had to get to the meeting because I am, though I try not to think about this too much, president. …

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