1. candidkay
    May 19, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

    Patience is the bane of my existence also. So we keep plugging away, eh? I often joke that I signed up for the doctoral program when I thought I was just doing the community college version . . .


  2. vickiecouturier
    May 19, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

    Mothers that tell me they never get discouraged or lose it occasionly,,I say bull,,,I don’t believe them and have no problem telling them so,,we are human and can stand only so much stress before it bubbles out someway,,I have 6 grown children,(2 bio,3 step,1 adopted) and 13 grandbabies from age 14 to 3 months,,I was a nurse for 25 yrs before retiring,and believe me there where you can lose it quickly,but cant or lose your job,,,I bet your son forgot about the whole thing before he even got to school,,these things that bother us and tear us apart feeling badly about,,the kids let it go,and don’t hang on to it,,at least you are there when he goes to school,,thats the important part,,and the part he will remember,,,so don’t beat yourself up too bad,,,even Moms make mistakes and can have a do over the next day at breakfast


  3. Jacquie McTaggart
    May 19, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    I love your honesty. Has there EVER been a mother who has not lost her patience a time or two (or three or four)? I don’t think so.


  4. MeanderingDude
    May 19, 2014 @ 4:39 pm

    Thanks Carrie for another story that brought back a flood of memories. Some of these were thirty years old. Good writing.


  5. Dawn Gearhart
    May 19, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

    I think you’re probably more patient than you give yourself credit for being! Parenting is so much about flexing and bending, zigging and zagging, biting your tongue when you want to say, “I can’t believe you just spilled Jones soda all over the floor during the middle of your Aunt’s reception after you just shook it to see it bubble” or “What do you mean you didn’t think the lake would get you that wet? Did you think you’d be immune to the water?”

    There’s not a mom (or dad, really) that I know that does this perfectly. We all have to learn to extend a little grace. For me, I have to pray (a lot) for God to step in and help – I can’t do this alone!

    You have a beautiful family – and you’re doing a beautiful job! After seeing the Cariello family in action this week – I really wish we lived closer so our children could play together more often…I think they’d be terrific friends.


  6. mummypupper
    May 20, 2014 @ 6:24 am

    I needed to read this today.I am having a severe attack of the mummy guilts just now…..I decided to cut my little girls fringe before school (I know….what was I thinking)and in my rush I nicked her below her eyebrow….and what did I do then…..I shouted at her for MAKING me do it because she was squirming and fidgeting.Then I regained my composure and we cuddled and everything was alright but I have been crying on and off all morning thinking about it.
    O,I nearly forgot…..she asked me if it would be okay to tell teacher what happened!!
    And…..there is a recital in school shortly so the entire teaching staff,every parent and every student will now see her crooked fringe and cut eyebrow…..
    Some days are not easy but I suppose we need to remind ourselves that every yell and sarcastic comment that we make are balanced out tenfold by love and hugs and laughter


  7. Missy
    May 20, 2014 @ 7:53 am

    Patience sometimes trickles in, drop by runny drop. Thank you for writing so honestly about what we all experience.


  8. mariekeates
    May 21, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

    Under normal circumstances I’ve been told I’m a patient person. When they were little though my boys could drive me to distraction. My youngest loved Thomas the Tank Engine. We read the books and he had the videos. He would play the same one over and over until I wanted to scream at the music. Then someone bought him a Thomas the Tank Engine watch that played the music every time you opened it. I hated that watch and have to admit (to my shame) I ‘accidentally’ trod on it and broke it. Children could try the patience of a saint!


  9. diveinnow
    May 23, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

    Great post Carrie. I just love how our kids keep getting us to open up our hearts a bit more at a time despite the struggles & challenges. Your son’s comment says it all: “To hear you. I like to hear you. Because you’re there.” Awesome


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