So you think YOU are a good mom gone bad? Or maybe even think you're a BAD mom? Well, let me tell you a story!
Driving home on a Wednesday night after church, guess who often shows up? Yep, you guessed it! Bad Mom! Leave church feeling fulfilled, spiritually-fed, feeling good about life in general... and then we start talking to each other!
Mom: How was church?
Daughter 1: Good.
Daughter 2: No response
Mom: Good, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I can't wait to go home and go to sleep!
Daughter 1: Mom, I'm thristy... It's sooooo hot! I can't feel the air. The front seat is too tall. Can you stop and get a water?
Mom: No, we'll be home in 20 minutes. I don't want to stop and buy a water. You'll be alright waiting til we get home.
Daughter 1: But Mom!! It's soooo hot! Don't you always say we should drink more water? I need water Mom... Please stop and get some!
Mom: I'm sorry Sweetie, I really don't want to stop. Let's just get home and drink water then.
Daughter 1: PLEASE MOM! It's soooo hot back here!
Daughter 2: Yeah, Mom! We're SOOO thirsty!
Mom: You can both wait until we get home.
Daughter 1: But it will only take a minute! Why can't we just stop and get a water?!
Daughter 2: Yeah Mom!!?
Mom: We'll be home soon. Drop it!
Daughter 1: FINE! We'll just sweat and suffer and be thirsty, even though you always SAY we should drink water!
Daughter 2: But Mom!
(Beware... Bad Mom monologue coming!)
Mom (at high volume, in "possessed Mom" voice): Why don't you guys drink before we leave church!? You're ALWAYS thirsty when we leave? I'm TIRED! Can't we just go home and get ready for bed?! It's 9 o'clock at night! I've had a long day... Can't we just enjoy each other's company for the last moments of the day?! Must we ALWAYS argue!?
Daughter 1 (practically in tears): Mom, maybe we should go to counseling so we can get along...
Mom: Fine! (Now THERE's compassion for you! )
And so goes another night in the life... of a Good Mom Gone Bad. (Hey, I hear it happens to the best of us!)
There's always tomorrow to be the ever-patient, always loving, never forgets anything, compassionate Mom I aspire to be. Wish me luck!