Every night I check my children's homework planner to see what assignments they've been given. The teacher puts the homework on the blackboard and requires each child to copy it. There are notes about tests, upcoming trips or book fairs but every once in a while, my kids slip in a little something extra.
Math - chapter 10, pages 103-105
Bake cupcakes for Friday
Reading worksheet and questions
Wait...say what? Bake cupcakes? For when? This Friday?!! Now I know the teacher didn't put that on the blackboard. There's no way that she'd ask 29 children to bring in 29 cupcakes each.
Me: Why does mom have to bake cupcakes for Friday?
Maya: because it's Ms. Margaret's birthday.
Me: Did your teacher ask all of the children to bring in cupcakes?
Maya: No, but I told her that you would because everyone thinks you make great cupcakes.
Me: Awesome. Thanks so much for volunteering my services.
Maya: Anytime Mom.
Marley: Wait, Mom, can you make cupcakes for my class too? It's Earth Day.
Me: Sure Marley. Mac, how about you? Wanna place an order?
So, I'd worked all day, was on pick up duty, made dinner, got clothes ready for the following day and packed lunches, completely forgetting about the darn cupcakes. Instead of relaxing and enjoying my TGIT in peace, I was up until midnight baking and icing. I sent the girls to school, the next day, with 59 cupcakes. It would have been 60 but I deserved a reward for my hard work.