How to Make a Good Impression
First impressions are important, am I right? When you have 14 kids and have homeschooled for years and you decide to stick your kids in public school, you realize making a good impression is kind of important. People make all kinds of (often conflicting) assumptions about how we live (we must be on welfare, we must be rich, our house must be huge, we must be hoarders living in squalor) based strictly on our family size.
Last week Mordecai has his regular Friday morning appointment to work on social skills. The appointment is scheduled for 8 am so he misses as little school as possible. It makes Fridays a bit hectic and means Enoch and Kalina need to get the Tucker and Apollo on the bus. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask a couple of teenagers old who have traveled the world alone. Nope, doesn’t seem like too much at all.
And you know what? Last week they did get the kids on the bus, safe and sound.
It’s just that no one bothered to put fresh clothes on Apollo. I have explained repeatedly to my children that when they have over a dozen siblings and we go out in public it is of utmost importance that they appear to be well-cared for. In other words, they can’t wear the same outfit (no matter how much they love it) Monday through Friday.
Nope. They need fresh clothes. Every day.
It’s a real drag I know.
You know how I know they didn’t put him in clean clothes?
Because when I picked him up from school he was very the very same, very distinctive NASA shirt that he had worn the day before. The very same NASA shirt that was dirty the day before. The very same NASA shirt that now had blood and crusty mucus from his g-tube now seeping through the front.
Yeah, isn’t that awesome? Clearly I’m winning at this mom gig.