magine you're out on a leisurely stroll in your neighborhood one sunny morning. What would be the worst thing you might encounter on your walk? Would it be an annoying neighbor? The smell of skunk wafting through the air? Catching a dog in the middle of using your lawn as his personal toilet?
If you're a parent, the worst thing you could find might be a rolled up piece of poster board.
Rachel Pavlik, mother of two and writer at RachRiot, started her week in the way all too many parents have — with a 9 PM announcement that her daughter absolutely, positively had to have a sheet of white poster board for school. The next day.
This is a well-known reason that mothers in the wild sometimes eat their young, but Pavlik held it together and not only left the house and bought the poster board, but went to two different stores to find it.
Her daughter was appropriately grateful.
The tears of joy are a nice touch, but do you have any idea what you’ve put your mama through?
You can do better than that!
That's more like it.
In a Facebook post, Pavlik recounts reminding her daughter — several times — not to forget this oh-so-vital school supply.
“I’m winning at this mom thing,” she told herself, and set out for an invigorating walk around the block. As she rounded the corner and her daughter’s bus stop came into view, she didn’t see a bus. She didn’t see any kids. But what did she see?
"This. HER [email protected]#%!?#% POSTER BOARD."
That’s right. After all that fuss, all the trouble and the late-night trip to multiple stores, that poor, lonesome rolled-up poster board was left sitting on the sidewalk.
Pavlik wasn’t too bothered though, because she knew that there was no way she was saving her kid’s forgetful butt by taking the poster board to school and dropping it off. Natural consequences, people!
The next day, Pavlik got a little extra insurance that there wouldn't be a repeat performance.
A selfie with the poster board, ON THE BUS.
Success! Well, almost a success, as one astute observer noted…