Check Your List Twice - Elizabeth Langford

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Check Your List Twice


Do you remember the scene in the classic Christmas movie Home Alone when Kevin’s mother is sitting in first class on a flight from Chicago to Paris? She begins to dig through her purse and tells her husband she has a terrible feeling she’s forgotten something. She questions him about the coffee pot, the lights, the locks on the doors and finally the garage. He realizes he did in fact forgot to close the garage. “That’s it, I forgot to close the garage.” She sits back as if an agreement but then quickly replies, “no, that’s not it.” And you can tell she’s racking her brain trying to figure out what she’s forgetting. Suddenly she sits straight up in her seat and screams “KEVIN!”

It’s a hilarious scene. One that makes you feel awful and amused all at the same time. Awful because you can’t imagine what it would be like to be 30,000 feet above the Atlantic ocean and unable to contact your child while at the same time amused by the fact that this family had such a chaotic morning getting out the door to the airport that they actually left behind their 8-year old son.

Hopefully none of us have actually left behind a child while heading out on a European vacation, but I’m sure we’ve all experienced that nagging feeling that we’ve forgotten something, something important… but we can’t quite put our finger on it.

In fact, it happened to me yesterday. I woke up super early and checked the weather, something I rarely did living in Arizona because it was usually either hot or HOTTER. But here in the mountains of Northern California we check the weather (at least I do) a lot. Seeing snow was forecasted for later in the week I decided to make a run up to Oregon with my mom to do our holiday Costco shopping. Now that Costco is a 50 minute drive away, and over a mountain pass, it actually requires a little planning to fit in a “Costco run.”

As I pushed my cart up and down the aisles I kept thinking I was forgetting something. But what? I checked my basket, I checked my list. Nope. I’ve got everything I came for, and then some. It’s Costco after all.

It wasn’t until I was sitting in my car, with the heat full blast in the school parking lot at 2:15p to pick up Lily that I had my Kevin’s mom moment… “THE PEP TALK”.

I had totally and completely forgotten to send the Monday Morning Pep Talk. Thankfully forgetting to send out an email is far less important than forgetting to take your kid with you on Christmas vacation.

And perhaps that’s the reason Santa always checks his list twice. Just to be sure he hasn’t forgotten something.

So next week I’ll be setting an alarm on my phone, sending myself an email reminder and putting up a little white post it note reminding myself to send out the Pep Talk.

I hope you have a wonderful week, that you have a little time to slow down, breathe in the fresh air and check your list twice.

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