My daughter started at her new kindergarten a few weeks ago. I wanted to be there for her first day.
I filled out the paperwork (the equivalent of writing a minor thesis). I packed her lunch – following strict kindergarten regulations. And, on her first day I dropped my daughter off, picked her up and, in between, I completed a full day of facilitation and coaching at work.
I was feeling pretty proud of myself UNTIL I was halfway out the kindergarten gate that afternoon. Something felt wrong. I looked into my bag. Yup. My super important presentation for Monday was still on my desk.
I said a few of Mummy’s “special words”. Then I looked at my daughter. “Want to come to work with me?” She looked back at me, practically glowing.
Holding that little hand on the train was the best trip to work I have ever had. We picked up the presentation from my desk. Then she even sat on my lap and we did some work together. It was one of my favourite afternoons ever.
What did I learn? Making plans is nice. But sometimes, making the most of your mistakes can be even better.