Back To School - Back To Me?
I often joke online that I’m serving up margaritas at noon on the first day of school but with a high energy preschooler at home, those margaritas usually get served about 12 hours later, after we’ve made it through the first day without incident. Normally though, Peanut and I would celebrate his older brothers and sister going back to school with breakfast out, a trip to the store for something “super awesome” and some cuddle time with our favorite preschool programs on TV before I settle in for some “mom has to work” time.
However, we had a rocky start to this school year. Since August 17, I’ve been operating in a different mode than usual. Two years in a row now I’ve had my normal back to school routine disrupted by family emergencies. It’s like Murphy and his book of laws are following my family around, just waiting to hand out a new law we haven’t tried yet.
I’ve never known the sweet sounds of silence that many stay at home moms experience when the kids go back to school. When I first became a stay at home mom (again), I was sending 3 kids off to school and recovering from a heart surgery with an eight-month-old baby on my hip.
The sweet sounds of silence are something I’ve only heard about in movies. When Peanut was a year old, I babysat in my home for other working moms and started freelancing for a local paper. I juggled chasing two toddlers with writing deadlines. Even though I don’t babysit anymore (except for friends on occasion), I am still chasing Peanut around and I’m still doing it around writing deadlines. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Had we been able to get Peanut into a preschool that we
liked (or wasn't without a mile long waiting list), I might be able to tell you what silence sounds like but I can’t. Yet.
I think next year will be my year for a real “Back to school – back to me” celebration. Peanut will start Kindergarten and I won’t be writing blog posts around Hot Wheels in the work space or the sounds of Clifford, Umizoomi, Curious George or Little Bear in the background. I’ll sure miss those guys.
What will I look forward to most next year?
- The ability to start and end a task without needing to fix a train track, help in the bathroom, or rescuing the dog from the boy.
- Having a phone call uninterrupted.
- Going back to bed after the bus leaves.
- Taking in a matinee.
- Getting in AND out of the grocery store in a reasonable time.
- Window shopping without pressure to buy something for someone.
- Driving in the car and listening to what I want for a change.
- Blaring the stereo at home.
- Experiencing the ever elusive sweet sounds of silence.
Do you still have kids at home? What are you looking forward to most when they are all in school?