15 May 2013

Dropping the ball..

I dropped the ball.

This morning I was a hot favourite for the 'Worst Daughter in the World' award.

I forgot my mother's 60th birthday yesterday. Who does that?!

The only reason I might miss out on the award is because I got a text from my Dad this morning saying: Mum a bit sad she didn't get a text from you yesterday, and my fingers have never dialled their number so quick, and I was bawling my eyes out before I got out an 'I'm so sorry....' to her.

I do know how it happened.

The boys and I had made special Mothers Day cards and sent them off super early last week to make sure they got there on time. Mum's birthday is always a couple of days either side of Mothers Day and most years we combine the celebration sending cards and a present off to cover both. Good daughter.

We specially skyped Nana on Sunday morning and wished her a Happy Mothers Day. Good daughter.

We're all driving up to Hamilton in 2 weeks time to share in a big special 60th birthday weekend for Nana with my brothers and their partners as well and I'd been focusing on that in terms of getting a card and a present ready to give to Mum in person then. Good daughter.

Somewhere amongst all those goings on and the fact this is my last frenetic week at work working all kinds of crazy hours till late at night, and that my birthday app did NOT remind me like it usually does (how much do I want to throw my phone from a great height right now!) I dropped the ball.

Reasons, but not excuses.

Today Nana got a bunch of flowers delivered to her at work, a small token of our love and apologies for dropping the birthday ball.

Needless to say, I spent half an hour at work today adding every single family birthday into Google Calendar (way more reliant than some stoooooooooopid free app!) with an invite to Mark so it's also in his calendar, with an email reminder 2 weeks before the day AND a Pop-up reminder at 7am on the day.

Mark said to me today 'you are the glue that holds this family together', and up until now the only way family birthdays have been remembered is if I do it. So he was happy to take some responsibility for what happened too. If I'm honest enough to admit, we very nearly missed our nephew's 7th birthday last week (sorry guys the truth's out there now!) and it was only because I remembered about 4 days before and said to Mark 'you ARE onto Jack's birthday aren't you' that we managed to pull that one out of the bag and got something delivered that happened to get there on the actual day.

This time, no such luck. Sadly, there is no button to rewind to yesterday and re-write the course of that day.

Having to admit you're way less than perfect.....not the nicest of feeling.

Having to walk around work with red-rimmed eyes all morning....not the nicest either.

Having a mum who understood and forgave...priceless.



Happy belated 60th to a lady who doesn't look a day over 50, who is a more fanatic rugby, netball, cricket fan than most men I know, who encourages and supports her family near and far, who is a bit of a crazy cat lady, who can knit and sew up a storm, who loves her quiet life in the country, and whom we love so, so much. 

K...blubbering mess over here right now. I'll leave it at that.


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14 comments :

Leonie said...

Oh Meghan, I'm sure she has already forgiven you. Xx

remaliah said...

Your heart is so big, Meg. This is easy to do, no matter how many times we might remind ourselves in the days leading up to a special birthday! I can imagine it will be wonderful fun celebrating with all the family in a couple of weeks :) xx peace to you in this crazy busy week!

Ange - Tall, Short and Tiny said...

Oh Meg, I think your mum will have forgiven you and will understand that sometimes, things come unravelled a bit. I am in awe of working mums like you xx

Bron said...

The fact that you are so upset speaks volumes...I am sure it will be the best celebration in a couple of weeks. xxx

Jackie said...

Awww... As I said before, I'm sure your Mum understands, its a busy time for you right now - she's a super mum, just like you are :-).

p.s. I hope you have added me to the google birthday calendar ... 9th February incase you forgot ;)

Clare said...

I love this post because I can SO relate (I've missed birthdays before too ;() and I hear your real voice and feeling through it. Thank you for your honesty and integrity. It is going to be a special celebration you will have altogether for your mum. x

jacksta said...

aw :(

Miriam said...

xxxx you sweet, soft hearted, lovely girl xxxx I did this for my sister's 30th and I felt stink but not as upset as you were xx

FaerySarah said...

aw man! if it was the 61st or 59th it wouldn't be as bad!

all birthday rememberers (i'm that person for my entire fam, this means MINE gets forgotten unless i remind peeps) all birthday rememberers need a slip up to keep their remembering fresh!

FaerySarah said...

aw man! if it was the 61st or 59th it wouldn't be as bad!

all birthday rememberers (i'm that person for my entire fam, this means MINE gets forgotten unless i remind peeps) all birthday rememberers need a slip up to keep their remembering fresh!

FaerySarah said...

aw man! if it was the 61st or 59th it wouldn't be as bad!

all birthday rememberers (i'm that person for my entire fam, this means MINE gets forgotten unless i remind peeps) all birthday rememberers need a slip up to keep their remembering fresh!

Gail said...

WOW Meg, you sound like one of the most organized people ever - so I'm sure your mum would've known it wasn't intentional. She sounds like a wonderful mother - and you sound like a chip off the old block (minus the knitting!)x

Leonie said...

Oh Meghan - you poor thing! Know just how you feel! I'm sure you guys will have a wonderful celebration and as Mum's do... she has already forgiven and forgotten x

Sarah Ann said...

So feeling for you. At least you have a great track record. Happy Birthday to your mum. x

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