Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week at the boys’ daycare, and I’ve been busy coordinating Alex’s classroom’s contribution. Alex is in the younger preschool class, and we’re teaming up with the older preschool class for maximum impact. I’m responsible for collecting money from the parents and I had to laugh today when I flipped through the envelopes and saw the one that said:
From: Steven’s Dad
I have the feeling I might appreciate this even more if I actually knew Steven’s dad, but Steven is in the older preschool class and I only have a vague idea of which boy he is. And I haven’t the faintest clue who his dad is.
But I can certainly relate to him! All of the kids in Alex’s class call me “Alex’s mommy” – as in, “Alex’s mommy, look, I have a Cars shirt on today.” And whenever I send out an email to the other parents, I always put “Alex’s mom” underneath my name – otherwise, how will the parents know who I am?
It’s a weird feeling to be known only for being a mom, at least in some circles. And I’m sure that’s never going to change. I’ll always be “Alex and Tyler’s mommy” to some people.
The big question is: as the years go by, will I think of myself as “mommy” rather than Cathy? I don’t think so. But I’ve been known to be wrong.
What have your experiences been?