Something shocking happened this morning at Preschool drop-off. It was so shocking, that I stood there for a moment, not knowing what to say.
Scene: I am walking the boys in, helping Matthew hang up his backpack in his cubby. Bryson is actually behaving and staying close to us.
My Favorite Preschool Mom (MFPM): “Courtney, why is it that every morning, you come in showered, hair done, and dressed and put together for the day? I just don’t understand it, and it’s every day!”
Me: Pause, confused look, thinking ‘is there another Courtney in the hallway?’
Me: “Are you serious? This is the first day in the last two weeks that I’ve showered and dried my hair before school.”
MFPM: “Well, it sure seems that it’s every day.” Smiles and laughs.
Another Preschool Mom (APM) laughs with MFPM and agrees that I have my shit together, or so it seems.
Me: “Do you want to know something, MFPM? I think the same thing of you every morning at drop-off! And then most days, you come to pick-up in different clothes, and I wonder if you showered and got ready twice in one day!”
APM: “Funny, I’ve noticed that about you too, MFPM!”
We all laugh together and I say, “Isn’t it funny what our perceptions are of one another?”
Everyone nods and laughs, and probably thinks to themselves, “hmmm… interesting.”
This, RIGHT HERE, is an example of how we see ourselves, how others see us, and how we see each other.
Powerful stuff, and even more powerful since it was all in good fun!