Just Write ~ The Eighth

October 31, 2011


I have three different glasses of water on my desk. Two green glasses and one orange. I don’t know how that happened. I was trying to fill in the November calendar on the wall and be sure to fill in the google calendar at the same time so that it will send me reminders to my phone.

I need reminders because this week the kids in kindergarten are wearing a certain color each day and I even have to put that on the calendar because I am always always That Mom that forgets. Like last week, Asher went to his preschool Halloween party with no costume.

Then I felt awful. He didn’t seem to mind though. They got to see a fire truck that day anyway.

Another day I’m supposed to remember to bring a cucumber because they’re making pickles and then another day it’s Asher’s day to bring the snack. Then part-way through the month I need to remember that it’s Invite-a-Veteran-to-Lunch day at Miles’ school and so we’ll bring Bapa.Then I added my own writing types of things in the calendar and other events and birthdays and stuff and then it was full. Which means it will be Christmas month in five seconds.

Red Day, Blue Day, Veteran’s Lunch Day, Cucumber Day…

Mothers have a lot of random things sitting on all of their other thoughts. Today I’m writing them down and typing them in for the keeping track. But I stopped for a moment because Miles wanted me to draw a bat with bird legs and feet and so I did. Then I drank a lot of water from the orange glass like I was preparing for the sprint through November and then I laughed when Miles said, Guess what I’m going to tell you, Mom?


Happy Halloween!!!

You too, little man. Now let’s go be in October and get some candy.


This is the eighth installment of Just Write, an exercise in free writing your ordinary and extraordinary moments. {Please see the details here.}  I would love to read your freely written words so join me and link up below. You can add the url of your post at any time. Just be sure it’s a link to your Just Write post, not to your main page. There are really no rules, besides Just Write! (Then link back to this post in your post so people know where to go if they’d like to join in.) (Any links not following those two guidelines will be deleted.) 

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Krista October 31, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Seriously… when you look at it like that, Christmas really is going to be in five minutes isn’t it. I want to hang onto these holidays. But I’m so not ready for them.
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Galit Breen October 31, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Yes, I’ve been That Mom many a time, too. It hurts, yes? But just for a second. Happy October-ing to you and your littles! xo
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Betty Anne Davidson October 31, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Cucumber day… love it. My son is only 4 months….but Cucumber day will be here before I know it. :)
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Liv October 31, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I’m not a fan of a full calendar, Al those things sitting on your thoughts. I love that part.
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Bridget October 31, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I have always hated Christmas stuff out before Halloween and yet this year Christmas seems so very soon and I even downloaded a Christmas countdown app for the kids. Christmas music. And Halloween isn’t even over.

And I have to take deep, deep breaths and just….go or otherwise I will find myself drowning in our calendar. I think “How in the world do 4 small people have so many big things to do???”
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Robin | Farewell, Stranger October 31, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I love your free writing, Heather. This isn’t going to come out the way I mean it, but I always get stuck trying to free write something deep. I wish I could accomplish that with the more day-to-day moments and do it as beautifully as you do.
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Sarah November 1, 2011 at 4:28 am

That is a lot of “special days” to remember. I feel like I’d be bound to forget more than one. Go you and your Google calendar!
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Tricia November 1, 2011 at 4:35 am

My little one isn’t even in school yet but I already depend on my Google calendar reminders. “Mothers have a lot of random things sitting on all of their other thoughts.” – I love that – it’s so true. Hope you all had a great Halloween!
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Busy Bee Suz November 1, 2011 at 6:53 am

Too much to remember some days….but it is wonderful when you remember the most important parts. Like those moments. SO sweet.
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Liv November 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

Hmm, this morning I wrote something I like way better. Can my first link be deleted? I mean, if I’m only allow one. It’s #6. Thanks.
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Heather November 1, 2011 at 8:58 am

You can leave them both, that’s fine. :)

suzanne @ pretty swell November 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

Love this! And, oh, how I can relate. I always seem to be *that* mom at school, the one who forgets. And I seriously can’t believe it’s already November.

You wrote this so deftly … captures perfectly how I feel right this minute.
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nicole November 1, 2011 at 10:04 am

Oh yes, I know how you feel. Except November is perhaps our slowest,or at least, slower month. Thanks for reminding me to update our calendar!
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molly November 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

Three glasses of water. Yeah, I heard that sister.

I am so forgetful. So so so forgetful. One day it was bring an apple day. I was so excited that I remembered. But I couldn’t remember if I was supposed to bring one for Brigham or one for his whole class. So I brought the whole sack of apples. They thought I was an overachiever. But really, I just didn’t want to look stupid again.
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Erica@PLRH November 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

I have teenagers and still use the master “Mom” calendar. But I will say that I’m glad that the days for being responsible for snack are long gone.
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Debbie/Africa November 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I love Just Write Tuesdays!!! Thanks for hosting again!!
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Julia November 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I totally get that feeling like it will be Christmas before we know it and Novemember is going to fly on by.
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Barb November 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm

“now let’s go be” – that’s something I should say (or even think of) more often
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Elaine November 1, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I forgot it was “hat day” last Wednesday at G’s school. But you know, he’s not really into hats anyway, so it’s all good. ;)
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Lisa @ Heaven Sent November 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm

So I just wrote my first “Just Write” and I realized it is quite impossible for me to write without a theme. Must work on that! I started out writing about the daunting task of doing bills and BOOM! theme. Next week…description! Thanks for inspiring us all. :)
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Heather November 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Hi Lisa!

You know what? It’s GOOD to uncover a theme. I just love it when writing is done in a free way–one where you describe the details of experience until you accidentally uncover a theme (and if you don’t, that’s fine too). I hope that makes sense. I’ve noticed that when I TRY to write around a theme…like sit down to write specifically to get a message across, my writing loses something. but if I just start writing and the story reveals something like a theme, it’s more powerful. Wow. I’m rambling. :) Anyway! My point? Not that there’s a “right” way to do it, but you’re doing it :)

Anti-Supermom November 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I knew this was a great post to include in your just write series. Thank you for hosting, Heather.

And it was wonderful to see you on Saturday, you light up a room, as always!
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Heather November 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Hi you! I was so happy to see you on Saturday!

And thank you for linking up.

talk soon!

krista November 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

i pride myself on being the parent that keeps track of these things. then, last week, i didn’t even sign up for the halloween luncheon. missed it completely. at least when i fail, i fail big.
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Ann November 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Good God yes. HALP!!
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Lindsey van Niekerk November 4, 2011 at 1:25 am

Linked up for the first time this week, and really enjoyed it! Thanks so much for hosting this!

P.S. Thanks for being real about the forgetting….makes me feel not alone.

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