Friday, May 23, 2008

Mobile Phone Mothering

Yesterday, I was on my way from the office to a business dinner with one of our vendors. As a general rule, I look forward to these about events as much as a drug-free root canal, but last night I was happy to be going because I got a night off from cooking and listening to everyone bitch about my meal selections, and the dinner was going to be at a really good Indian restaurant that I've been wanting to try, and the most exotic restaurant meal my offspring will tolerate is at California Pizza Kitchen so this was my best shot at ever getting to eat there.

So I was feeling guilty - not about missing an evening with the family, but about my lack of guilt about the missing of the the evening of the family, if that makes any sense whatsoever.

And then I spotted this:You're just going to have to trust me when I tell you it was the kickest-assingest rainbow I have EVER seen.

So I called home and told Manager Dad to hustle the kids outside so they could see it too. And they went outside and he put me on his cell phone speaker, and the kids were all noisy-excited sharing the pretty prettiness of the rainbow together, and the fact that I was only part of it through a staticky mobile phone connection instead of in person made me feel a little bit like this: But then I went and had a glass of wine or three and some tasty Saag Paneer with the nice vendor lady, courtesy of her company's expense account.

And I woke up The Girl this morning and she gave me a sleepy hug and showed me this:



And she said, "Mommy, I'm so glad that you called, or we would never have known to go outside and look at the rainbow. It was the most beautiful rainbow that I've ever seen."

So I guess I get to chalk this one up to the "good mom" column after all.

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24 comments:

dkuroiwa said...

Fun mom, yesterday...Good mom, today....honey, you are on a roll!!
Great rainbow, by the way...on both cameras!!

KiKi said...

Beautiful! A kick-ass rainbow and meal for a kick-ass mom. Plus kudos from the kid.

During yesterday's sun shower, I rather enviously thought: Somewhere, someone's gotta be a rainbow. I'll spare you from my jealous venom, since you were kind enough to share with this Cubicle Concubine.

Mrs. Schmitty said...

I love rainbows and a glass or three of wine!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I love it.

I always call home and tell them to go outside if I see a great sunset or a (very rare in San Diego) rainbow.

Penny said...

I have had many moments of the guilt/no guilt, and no guilt = guilt thing when I got called away for a business trip or dinner or whatnot. It never ceased to amaze me that I could cycle through many random emotions about it practically every time.

Whatever: anyway, I thought it was kind of cool that you took the time to call your family about the rainbow sighting. I don't know that I would have done that myself. Not a cold wire mama all, I'd say.

Sizzle said...

That picture of the wire mom is freaking me out.

Thank goodness for the rainbow pretty to make everything better.

Audubon Ron said...

way big awe factor here.

Always Home and Uncool said...

Me, Thing 1, Thing 2 and the Wondermutt spotted same rainbow on way home from our exotic meal at Sierra Grill (which I like because I can literally eat The Whole Enchileda).

"At the end there's a pot of gold," said Thing 1, mentally calculating how many Webkinz she could buy with all that cha-ching.

"Then I'm sure it ends at some undeserving hedge fund manager's house," I said.

"Can't we have some hedge fun?" asked Thing 2.

"Only after your married," I answered.

My kids, they just don't get me.

I'm so happy about that.

themommykelly said...

Those are decidedly some kickass photos of the rainbows you and the little miss caught!

Isn't it special that you got to share that moment, even if by cell phone? I was just reflecting last week on life before cell phones. There may be alot to complain about with them today, but there were definitely things that we were missing out on... like the rainbows.

stalkermom said...

Isn't it great how it all turns out fine in the end? I read your post right after reading Suburban Bliss' story and it looks like Mom's need a drink this week!

Eve Grey said...

I have a rainbow photo in a recent post that looks very much like The Girl's.
Damn you for reminding me of that sad food or comfort baby monkey experiment. Since Psych 101 it's haunted me!

Tricia said...

Technology is the best mommy vice, ever!

Starshine said...

You done good, Manager Mom! And what a sweet affirmation from your daughter! *here via Mrs. G*

Tootsie Farklepants said...

At least your phone takes pictures! Mine does not. I know. Who am I? 1995?

Meg said...

I do the 'guilty about not feeling guilty' thing, too. A drink or two later, I'm over it.

Nice rainbow!

Pamela said...

I think you can put this in the Good Mom *Gold Star* column.

Todd said...

i find rainbows tend to blur a little after i've had several glasses of wine. i agree though, nice pictures on both cameras.

Mrs. G. said...

No matter how old I get rainbows never lose their magic.

Karen MEG said...

A cloth and wire surrogate would NEVER have had the wherewithall to call up and share a rainbow.

You had your nice adult non-mommy dinner, followed by a lovely mommy moment in the morning. Don't think you could ask for more!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, BTW. I'm really enjoying yours ;)

Rhonda said...

Oh YES, YES, YES! I was at my son's little league game waiting for it to start and I looked up, mos tlikely, at the very same rainbow....it was coming from that direction and it was breath taking.

Although, the lightening kept us from finishing the game...everyone stopped and marveled at the beauty of the rainbow.

A Mom Two Boys said...

Girls is so cute. And no guilt...Mom's need a night out every once in a awhile...there's nothing wrong with that!

AND? CPK! Yum. I never venture far from the Tostada Pizza. It's my favorite.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

NO WAY! You got to selfishly indulge in saag paneer and still be thought of as a cool mom? Where can I get me some of that?

VDog said...

I still can't figure out how to get those darn pictures off of my cell phone. Sigh.

John said...

Hey! This was my birthday! You didn't take a picture of ME! GAH!