This morning Noodle went to school with red eyes. She spent all morning looking for a pair of jeans–the “only” jeans that she can wear. Of course, she wore them yesterday, and hopefully I washed them on Saturday because she probably wore them to school on Friday, too. At least during the warm weather she had a few pair of shorts that she would wear. Now, she won’t even consider wearing any of her other 15 or so pairs of pants–jeans, sweats, khakis, you name it, none of them are the “right” style or fit for her. I was so frustrated this morning going through her clothes, thinking about all of the nice clothes I’ve bought for her that she never uses.
Just the other day, I bought her a new sweatshirt because she was wearing one sweatshirt to school everyday and I figured it would be nice for her to have an alternate. I don’t think she’s worn the old one since the new one came home. I had to take it out of the dryer this morning slightly damp. So much for an alternate!
As I was walking her to school this morning (she walked several paces ahead of me because she was still mad!), I was still feeling upset about the clothes situation–the fact that she wastes good clothes that I’ve bought for her, the fact that she wasted the morning moping over the lost pair of jeans, and the fact that she looks like she wears the same clothes everyday! Granted, she does change her t-shirt and underwear and socks, but those are all under the sweatshirt and jeans. Argh! And then I looked at her walking to school feeling sad and the thought came to my mind, “Let it go.”
Let it go. It really doesn’t matter. So what if she wears the same clothes? There are worse things, I know. How many times have I had to remind myself of this with my kids? How much energy do I waste “fighting” with my kids over things that just don’t matter? How many other things matter so much more than the clothes she wears or the other quirks that make life interesting? This Mom job is tough! But it is never boring.
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