On Saturday, my 3-year-old daughter had her third day of ski school. I know she really wanted me to pick her up — because she expressly told me I should be there at the end of the day — but I was so caught up in sorting and organizing clothes in her room that I sent my husband to do it. She was disappointed, but she’ll get over it, I told myself.
Then I read about how President Barack Obama is coaching his daughter Sasha’s basketball team and the guilt smacked me in the face. If the most powerful man in the world finds time to make it to every single one of his daughter’s games (according to the First Lady, he hasn’t missed one), what’s my excuse for missing my daughter’s last run of the day on the bunny hill?
Um, none. That would be none.
It’s one of those things that puts everything else into perspective. You have to imagine that as busy as I feel — which is pretty damn busy — President Obama must be busier. And yes, he has an army of people (well, he has a staff, but he also actually has an army) who schedule his time just so. But he still makes them make the time.
Even when Sasha, 10, has no scheduled games, he takes his girls and their friends to shoot hoops on their own, according to ABC News.
There’s not much about the president that I’ve been impressed by of late. That is, until I read about his devotion to his daughter and her basketball team.
It warms my heart, and it lit a fire under my whiny butt. You can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be there to pick up my daughter from ski school next weekend — unfolded and disorganized clothes be damned. If the President of the United States can make the time, so can I.
Do you ever find yourself making excuses — big or small — to miss out on some of your kids’ activities?
Image: Pete Souza/The White House