Tuesday, 19 August 2008


I took the Efling to enrol in big school today. A big school with lots of students, imposing 80 year old brick buildings and children milling around everywhere berobed in royal blue. Children smaller than my Elfling chatting amongst themselves confidently, squealing with the joy of being a child.

The school has a nice feel about it and the Elfling seems excited about being a big girl and going to big school. For most of the morning I was more stressed about shuffling around my timetable and getting the Monkey off to daycare and packing lunches.

It wasn't until I got home afterwards with the glossy prospectus in my hand with the booklist and uniform list that I stopped to think. And felt overwhelming crushing sadness. That I won't get to drop her off at 9am, walking into her classroom and chatting to her teacher whie stowing her bag. I won't be the parent helper in class, nor he tuckshop lady, nor the reading Mum. Because I will be at work.

I will go to the P&C meetings, I will come to every concert, but the Easter Hat Parade? Probably not, because it will be in the middle of a workday unless by some stroke of good fortune I am on nightduty at the time.

At 3pm every day (hopefully) she will be picked up by the ASC people who wil give her fun activities and games to play while she waits for us to come pick her up, probably one of the last ones to be picked up some days.

I hate this.

I couldn't go to clinic today. I couldn't bear another reminder of the fact that next year I will spend so much of my time, have so much of my time stolen by people who have ruined their own bodies. I can't see another fat diabetic man who has FAKED the sugars in his BSL handbook as if it was some sort of test he needed to pass looking bewildered when we don't believe him. Who as I leave clinic is drinking a superlarge bottle of iced coffee while chowing down on a donut, in spiteof the 20 minutes that the consultant has just spent counselling him gently but firmly. The pointlessness of it all. I coudn't garner compassion today so I hid from the looming horizon of this being my profession and did Mum things.

I miss being a Mum. If I had a parenting report card I'd give myself a C- at the moment. I want to be that Mum I always wanted to be and managed so rarely. I want to stop snapping and I don't want to look at a tear-stained face which is saying "I don't want you to be disappointed in me Mummy" and trying to tamp down the response to implode.

I want to listen to the Monkey as she tells me about the "SPIDER IN THE TREE MUMMY" or to be the one that teaches her new nursery rhymes instead of being surprised and delighted when she starts singing them in the bath.

I was at Coles this afternoon picking up some stuff for dinner and I bought a block of chocolate. I eat it so rarely and especially now that I've been trying to be good, but tonight I'm going to eat it. In that ugly way that doesn't even savour it.

I have been riding for 3 weeks and mostly eating like a goddam model of decorum and I've lost 200g. Right now I struggle to give a fuck.


hissychick said...

Stop being so hard on yourself Jenn. You are clearly a fantastic mother, a wonderful caring doctor and you display so much self discipline when it comes to health and fitness. No one can be perfect all of the time.

That said, I hear you, I'm with you in the same headspace at the moment...Sigh.

Take care xx

Melissa said...

I'm sorry, Jenn. I'm probably the very last person you want to hear this from right now, but I am sorry. I admire you so much, and I wish it didn't have to be such a choice, that you could have both.

Simone said...

Be kind to yourself. Be proud of yourself and most of all forgive yourself.

Oh...and remember that muscle weighs more than fat and bike riding created muscles! You have lost fat- more importantly

candi said...

I hear you Jenn, it's a struggle, isn't it?

Averil said...

My throat closes over reading this. I understand the pain a little, because I saw it in my mum's face constantly growing up.

On the otherhand...I think you're C R A Z Y giving yourself a C as a mother! Are you fricken KIDDING ME?!?!?

Jenn, I admire and envy your achievements in motherhood and career so much.

Chin up and don't you DARE scoff down that chocolate without enjoying it!

xx Averil

Donna said...

Oh looky here she IS human! ;-)

Jenn, as you know I have already done this Mothing gig before. I worked back then and hardly ever made it to assemblies and only once ever did canteen duty.

That's not what they remember. They're adults now and they only remember that they were safe, they were loved and their childhood was a lot of fun. They remember the feelings of childhood but rarely the actual events.

Your girls already have that Jenn. They have the love, they know they are safe, wanted and adored. That is what they will remember when they get older and they will absolutely love you for it.

You're already an A+ Mother.

Melissa said...

More importantly. OMG. First it's 'clacker' and now 'fricken'. What's going on with Ave at the moment????



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