My Mother Never Organized A Play-date

My mother never, not even once, arranged a play-date.

My mother never lined up outside of a sporting facility waiting for “sign ups”.

My mother never hovered her finger over a keyboard ready to click, just to make sure I made it into an activity.

My mother never booked a venue for a birthday party.

My mother never once talked of having it all, or finding a balance.

My mother never came on a field trip, decorated a class room door, or organized a class party with a menu list for other parents to adhere to.

My mother often ignored me.

“Go outside”

“Go and practice shooting goals.”

“Go and ride your bike.”

“Only boring people get bored.”

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My mother umpired and coached hundreds of netball games.

My mother drove a car filled with girls to sporting facilities.

My mother held a stopwatch at swimming carnivals.

My mother often studied at night.

My mother attempted to learn to macramé and sew in a spectacularly unsuccessful way at night classes. She topped the class in Accounting. She still wishes she could sew.

My mother never organized a play-date, went on a field trip, or organized a class party.

And it all worked out okay.

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