Most days I think I'm decent at this whole mom thing. Other days, I get looks from other moms that pretty much tell me that I'm doing it all wrong. And the looks say it all.
So. . . what tends to make other moms think you are a bad mom?
Your child shoplifting? Yeah- been there, done that.
Not being able to keep up with the PTA moms? I'll never be able to do that, so I'm over it.
Using your child's fascination with Cinderella to get a clean house? Whatever works.
Cheating at Candyland? I'll do it again, too.
She knows the concept of passing a drug test. I swear I have no part in teaching her this.
But, the latest transgression happened on Friday. I had gotten several calls from the school nurse that day about Maddie's rash. She told me how bad it looked, but she wasn't running a fever. She no longer thought it was poison ivy, but Fifth Disease.
Ever heard of it? It's a nasty, nasty thing.
It starts out as a fever, which Maddie had last week and we (including the doctors) thought it was a cold. Then, a few days later a rash breaks out. And this is not like any normal rash. It's a scary, "what's wrong with your kid?" kind of rash. Once the rash breaks out, they are no longer contagious. And there is nothing you can do about it.
When I picked her up from school, she ran up to me. I looked at her cheeks, which clearly had the "slapped cheek" look and I asked to see her arms. She held them up, and it was honestly the nastiest rash I've ever seen.
But what got me were the 2 audible gasps coming from other moms. Then, as my child is wont to do, Maddie decided to tell everyone about it. "Mommy, I've got fifth disease and I itch. These bumps are all over my belly and back. I can't get hot with this fifth disease, cause it makes it worse." Maddie, for the love of all that's holy, STOP saying disease.
Every time she said "disease" the moms stepped further and further away. They shielded their children as they walked by. They looked at me like it was my fault.
I knew it was pointless to explain that she was no longer contagious. And that I kept her home when she did have fever and was contagious. This time, it's not my fault!!!
I have a feeling that some parent didn't keep their child home from school when she was contagious. And if I asked each and every one of them. . .
they would plead the fifth.