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Thursday, March 17, 2011

I Bet She'll Remember This

We didn't have a very good day yesterday. The Tongginator had a very low grade fever. I kept her home from school as a result, much to the Tongginator's dismay, because...


I suppose I could have sent her to school, since her temperature hovered at just above normal, boasting the ever-so-low fever of 90.2 degrees. Except it was a fever. And the field trip? Was an outdoor field trip, come rain or come shine. And the forecast? Announced a 100% chance of rain that day. I didn't want a slight sniffle to morph into a full-blown cold.


Notice how her tears are TWICE the size of the rain drops outside of our house. But of course my little Tongginator is in no way a Drama Queen of Major Proportions. And do y'all notice the Very Small Person disappearing in the background? That's me. I am Far Away because the Tongginator was so! very! angry! with my decision.

Actually, I felt tremendous sadness for my little gal, with a heaping side of guilt. Because guess what happened to her fever? It disappeared. And the rain? Never materialized.

Which means that I? Am a terrible, terrible mom.

Ouch.

23 comments:

Walking to China said...

No. Don't second guess yourself. You made the best decision based on the information you had at the time.
BTW- keep that picture and note. It's pretty fabulous and you'll be able to laugh some day.

Aus said...

Ya know that picture is blackmail fodder for the future, right? As for your decision - you've already got the response above - done is done - and no amount of going back will change it!

hugs - aus and co.

Kim K. said...

There will be other field trips. Hugs to you both.

Laurie said...

Well, that is just so sad... so sad it made me laugh. I mean, look at that picture! Under pathetic in the dictionary, I tell ya! I would have kept my kiddo home too- cause I'm SUCH a rule follower- if fever, no school. Think of it this way.. the fever went away BECAUSE she stayed home!! :) I know, doesn't make you feel any less guilt. :(

Sunday Koffron Taylor said...

Just looking at that picture, I feel for you TM, being the very small teeny tiny, fading figure in the background always has a bit of a sting…even when it is pretty hilarious!!!!
Poor Tongginator, they just don’t understand that we do all of the mean stuff that we do because we love them.

Anne said...

Of course since you didn't let her go, her fever went away and it never rained. If you had sent her, she would have gotten the flu and it would be pouring freezing rain out. Us poor moms can never win :)

TK said...

I missed a field trip to the Okefenokee when I was little. My mom didn't want me going to the swamp because I had bad mosquito bites that would get infected and...well...there were alligators!
We stayed with my friend and her mom and she taught us the fox trot. A much more enjoyable time! Hope Tongginator will remember the good from that day.

Kim O

YoonSeon said...

LOL. No, I think you did the right thing. A field trip's a field trip. She'll get plenty more! Better to have her get better than to have let her go and have her get worse!

BTW hello! I haven't been around the blogosphere as of late, so I've sorta got a lot of catching up to do!

Also, I see the Tongginator's a very good speller. Be careful: she may turn out to be as anal as me, and well... I'm not sure I'd wish a kid that's like how I was on anyone! LOL. ;-)

prechrswife said...

What Anne said... :-) You did the right thing, and I think that note and picture is definitely a keeper.

autumnesf said...

Its good practice for when they are teenagers and you say no to something because of a gut feeling. These little practice runs harden you up for the drama to come. Practice defeating the guilt!!!

Glad I don't live close enough to slap. Hah!

Debby said...

Nooooooo, you are a good Mama. Keep those germs at home. She will bounce back. You might have saved a bunch of families form getting sick. Gee, you can't tell I work in a school.
Cute note though.....way to make you feel guilty.

Shonda said...

Poor poor pathetic lil thing. And, should you have sent her, it would have rained, probably snowed, definite freezing drizzle, and she'd of had pneumonia by sun down. I would have kept her home too.

the meaklims said...

Awwwwww... that's for both of you.

Because it doesn't seem that long ago that my Mum made desisions that made me feel THAT awful. And now I know (as a mother) the guilt that comes with that kind of decision making that makes you feel THAT same awful!

Big ole hugs. And I hope she's wearing her "Kiss Me I'm Irish" pin today! :) That should erase the memory of yesterday!

Jill

Briana's Mom said...

Better to have a mad little girl than a sick one. And better safe than sorry. :D

Sharie said...

Oh - the other parents at school should be thankful. My guess is she forgot about it by the end of today;)

The Byrd's Nest said...

You know what? Since I have one daughter who just "goes inside of herself" I celebrate the Tongginator!!! Yay for her "verbalizing" her feelings and "drawing" them too!

Sorry she was mad at you, you did the right thing though...you are an awesome mom..they don't stay mad forever:)

The Gang's Momma! said...

Mommy guilt just plain sucks.

That's all I got.

Oh, and I'm sorry :)

Kristin said...

Very cute little note! And yay for her for speaking her mind. =)

I did have to giggle though at the low grade fever of 90.2. I sure do hope it was higher than that or that sure was a very very low fever!

Holly said...

99.2 you mean?? Poor sweetheart. Maybe you can make it up to her...I mean she is going on a pretty cool field trip to CHINA very soon :)

Kelley said...

I can sympathize...I would have done exactly the same thing. And to avoid some of the drama around here, I have even taught Chloe to say, "I'm not happy with that decision," when she disagrees...prior to that, we'd have lots of fussing, pouting, etc. etc. Oh well...how were you supposed to know that the 100% chance of rain wouldn't happen? It was a 100% chance...I'm sure they didn't mention the chance of error along with that. And as for the fever...there is a 24 hour rule about going back to school anyway. Gotta follow that. School policy. (Takes the decision out of my hands a bit, that one.)

Anonymous said...

OK,is 99.2 degrees considered a fever? I always thought your temperature fluctuated a few tenths of a degree throughout the day. Maybe children are different. Glad she is well.

a Tonggu Momma said...

You know, I think you are right. If it was just that, I would have allowed her to go, but the real issue was body aches the day before. She didn't even want to attend her Daisies troop meeting the afternoon before. I was worried that the body aches (and slight fever) were leading to something else, but that's all it ended up being. I had the body aches, too, so I knew she was feeling icky. I just didn't know if she was getting better or getting worse.

Mahmee said...

Welcome to the "Mom, you make me so mad for keeping me home...I know you love me but, I'll never ever appreciate what you did for me here" club.
Sorry to see you here.
M.