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 also 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 increasingly 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.
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.