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On Being The Parent Who ... 'Forgot' | MAMANUSHKA
‘Mama why didn’t you come today to my school for the peace day ceremony?’ What?! That was today? When?! ‘Yes everybody’s mama and baba were there I couldn’t see you.’ Heart dropping moment. I had forgotten. Completely and Utterly Forgotten. I gathered up all the excuses I could, not to offer him, but to offer myself – I had an ultrasound scan today, I had a Glucose tolerance test straight after (and we all know how long that can take). At home his little sister drew all over her hands and face with marker pen – and I had to give her a bath to wash it all away…. But to him all I could say was ‘sorry’ ‘I’m so sorry jaanu … … I’m sorry mama totally forgot’. We were driving home, I had just picked him up from school. I told myself it wasn’t a big deal, surely someone’s parents probably couldn’t make it either? But I found myself asking him if he would forgive me (for not being there). ‘Yah OKAY’ he said in only the way your barely turned 6 year old could say it – all at once full of sincerity and nonchalance. Yet I …