Keeping track of everything (trying to, anyway)
My middle son had texted me moments before, as I was pulling into the driveway, asking me if I’d stop at Rite Aid and get him a charger because his phone was on 6% and his charger was no longer working even if he positioned it in the magical way that he’d been doing to limp along for “like weeks, Mom!” Funny how the day before was the first I’d heard of it. I imagine my kids think I can keep track of — or even anticipate — their needs?
I told him, “Hon, it’s 10:00. Everything is closed.” I was lucky to sneak in a workout at the gym before they kicked me out. Catching up on presidential debate coverage, I didn’t realize I was the last one there until 9:55 p.m. when one of the staff asked me if I was going to buy anything because he was closing out the register.
“You can use your brother’s overnight,” I suggested. I retrieved it from his brother’s car and delivered it to him.
My oldest was less than thrilled. I told him, “Don’t worry, you’ll have it back in the morning.”
“Are you sure you won’t forget?”
“I’m not gonna forget! I keep track of EVERYthing.” Both he and my husband, who sitting alongside my son in the kitchen, raised their eyebrows and scoffed.
I hmmmphed at them and said, “People. Dogs. The Cat. Shopping. Cooking. Laundry…Never mind my job.” I breezed past them muttering in my mind. Bills. Cleaning…well, I’m not so great at that…Eye Doctor. Dentist. Fundraising…Did I remember to send that email?…
The next morning my oldest and I were on our way to school. He is driving with his learner’s permit so I travel with him daily. I admitted, “I forgot your charger.”
He smirked a little.
“You were right,” I told him. “Sorry. I guess I can’t keep track of everything!”
“It’s okay, Mom.”
I texted his brother, who I had told the night before, “I have to make sure your brother gets this back tomorrow morning,”
Oops. I guess I have reached my threshold for keeping track of things, which
occasionally happens . I probably should have written frequently if I don’t write myself a reminder on a sticky note.
When I got back from dropping my son at school, I grabbed the charger off the railing and tossed it into his car.
How do you keep track of your to do list?