It's twenty days until the 2010 Moms' Run and I'm trying not to hyperventilate. There's something about planning a major event that is very fulfilling... it's amazing to see all the hard work come together and take on a life of its own. But that's also what's so scary about it. Doing something so big requires a lot of planning, a lot of forward thinking, a lot of anticipating things that may go wrong. But on race day, I will have to shift gears and go with the flow. It will be a true exercise in living in the moment. This morning, I had the best intentions of starting the week organized and prepared. I put my children in the car, drove my 4-year-old 15 minutes to preschool, drove back, got stuck at the drawbridge, got home, fed the baby, and put him down for a nap. I made a phone call and sat down at the computer.
Then the phone rang. It was my son's school. He had gotten sick, and I needed to come pick him up. So I grabbed the sleeping baby out of the crib, drove to school, consoled my son who didn't want to go home, and drove 15 minutes back.
Moms throughout the land can relate to this story. We know in the grand scheme of life, we will drop everything to go to our children. There's always a lot of work to do, but in those moments, priorities shift. Quickly.
Which reminds me of a quote from Abigail Green, my Not So Supermom of the week. Abby says, "The closest I ever get to balance in my life is doing tree pose in yoga class."