This morning I took the boys to school. They usually ask that I walk them in, but to my surprise they wanted to walk themselves in this morning. I gave them hugs and pulled in front of the school.
I usually workout once I drop them off and have no make-up on. My hair is a mess and I am dressed in work-out attire. I can’t stand seeing people in our small town like this. I might as well be missing my front tooth according to my not-so-little ego. (Insert eye roll)
So, this was it. My opportunity to bypass my peers had arrived. I pulled to the first carpool spot. I wished them a very good day.
“Noooooo!!! Walk us in!” They cried.
They got me good. I smiled and shook my head as I pulled into the visitor spot. I helped them out of the car and put their jackets and bookbags on. As soon as I got out of my vehicle, I was already waving at another mama I knew.
I had one boy on each hand. I passed several teachers and parents and of course the boys had to hug their Uncle Dave, who is an art teacher at their school. It dawned on me. That big ol’ truth smacked me dead in my foolish, make-up-free face.
This could have been the last time I got to walk the boys in. I was so ready to give it up. I was eagerly handing it over and passing the baton, so that my vanity and I could be off the hook. Oh. Hayell. No. (Excuse my language)
When I get honest with myself, I get a lot more at peace. I am not that dang important. The mom I waved to was not going to run to her boss at work and be like, “I saw Stephanie dropping her kids off at school…without make-up!”
She was busy doing her own thing for her own child! I doubt my attire was discussed in the teacher’s lounge or that any children were offended by my hair clip. Sometimes I have to let go of my expectations of how I am supposed to look and get in there and enjoy the moments.
I was grateful for another day of walking the boys to their classrooms. I was honored to be their special guest and I am glad that God is working on me the way that He is. I truly have it made, no make-up and all.
Pssst…hey Mama! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL and they want you just as you are!
1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all you do be done in love.
(Not ego 😜)