Thursday, January 24, 2008

Time Off

If you have kids that are in school now, think back to the day you signed them up for preschool. (If your kids are younger, look forward to your future.)

I'm sure there was all that exciting stuff about them finding a place for themselves and going somewhere to learn and making friends and whatnot. But if you are anything like me (and stay home during the day), maybe fifty percent of your brain was thinking of all the things you were going to do while they were happily occupied under someone else's watchful eye.

I was especially excited this year when I signed Quinn up for his 2-year-old class because it meant that there were five hours a week that all three of my kids would be in school. I realized at the time that I had two children in a cooperative school so that meant I would lose two and a half of those hours three to four times a month.

"But," you'd think if you were me, "that still gives me at least one morning a week all to myself. Think of all the stuff I'll get done!"

But if you did think that because you were me, you'd be wrong.

First, you will not only not get a lot done in that two and a half hours (instead finding new and inventive ways to waste time), but, secondly, you will not consistently get that two and a half hours.

Since mid-December I have either been co-oping, there has been no school, or at least one of my children has been sick on every one of those mornings I was supposed to spend organizing my life. There was one day when I really could have sent all my kids to school, but I was not capable of enjoying my time.

But today...today...

I was so ready for one of my kids to wake up sick. But no one did. I was ready for one of my kids to start coughing up phlegm and sneezing up green mucus. But no one did. I was ready for one of the little dudes to throw up in the car on the way to school. But no one did.

I dropped them all off and then I got the hell out of there. I had one quick moment of panic in the car when I had that startle reflex of "Where are my kids?!" that was quickly followed by, "Not my problem today!"

I got exactly two productive things done this morning: Jack and Shit. But, oh my God, it felt awesome.

13 comments:

  1. I don't know Jack, but I always enjoy a good sh...

    Wait.

    That's not what you meant, is it?

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  2. Well, hell, you needed a break from all that free time you didn't get, right?!

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  3. You know it's bad when you've done nothing all day, and then just before everyone gets home you do the dishes quickly just to show that something got done. Not that I do that...I've just heard...

    ~C

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  4. It does feel good to have time to yourself

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  5. Oh I am so with you. It does feel so good doesn't it. Until the next morning when you realize that one project you had due is now overdue and shit the little one is sick and you beat yourself up because you "wasted" 2 perfectly good hours. The only peaceful hours you'll have for the next 4 months. ;) I am a little cranky today.

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  6. But - you had time to do nothing!

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  7. This is my second morning actually to myself.

    I am thinking of taking a nap. And counting it as getting something done.

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  8. You deserve to have a day for Jack Shit. He needs your time too! :)
    I'm glad you got to enjoy it!

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  9. I thought the same thing about preschool. But half the time I also make good friends with Jack and his partner. And it feels so freaking good, doesn't it?

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  10. I know Jack and shit very well. It is amazing how much you forget these two friends once kids come along.

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  11. Ex-cellent. Step one in our plan for moms to TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

    Or at least enjoy a good bon bon. :-) Hope you remembered to have one of those with your diet coke.

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  12. Yeah, I remember feeling the same way - all those good intentions! I have a feeling I used those couple hours here and there for a nap!

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