When Does It Feel Like They’ve Gone Back to School and I Have More Time?

Let’s see: they’re back in school. They’re all full day four days a week–not the same four days, but four days. I should feel like I have more time, right? Or at least more time than I did this summer.

When does that start?

After I make that trip in to Lily’s class midday for her “unique week,” probably.

Or maybe after the three multi-hour midday meetings for the community ski program I run, because I was apparently, in one moment two years ago when I had to volunteer anyway because my kid was in the program as a kindergartener and you have to, weak. I am not usually weak. “No” is my middle name. This is why.

Or maybe it will be after the two “family picnics” we have this weekend. One family picnic is fun. Two is overkill.

Or maybe after the family birthday party for Rory next week. Or her real birthday party, a week later because, well, I didn’t get on it quick enough.

I’ve had dozens of midweek interruptions just in the seven–count ’em, seven–days they’ve all been in school. (Including some, like the haircut I put off all summer, that I actually wanted.) It doesn’t feel like I’ll ever get out of this feeling that I just need another hour. I write slow. I think hard. Then I write slow some more, and then I rewrite, slow. I write in molasses, basically. I write slow and the days go by fast.

3 Responses to “When Does It Feel Like They’ve Gone Back to School and I Have More Time?”

  1. paula says:

    Glad I’m not the only one who didn’t get on the birthday party thing quick enough. Jess’s party with her friends won’t be until 10/9 because I waited too long to book the gymnastics studio for the week after her birthday (family party is the Sunday right after her birthday and we spend Saturdays in Chinatown at dance so no parties on Saturdays which limits us). I’m a teacher and now that school’s started, I am having a hard time keeping up with everything; looking at my calendar I don’t see that changing any time soon.

  2. Ninotchka says:

    I am waiting for that feeling too. How funny!

  3. Tracy says:

    I work three days a week, with Wednesdays and Fridays off. All three kids are in school on those days so, theoretically, I should have nine hours of free time each week. Somehow that “free time” is already booked through October. If I’m not seeing the dentist, the optometrist, or the gynecologist, I am going into work for a meeting, volunteering at my oldest son’s school, going to my youngest son’s school for a conference, chaperoning my daughter’s field trip, etc. I am actually having lunch with a friend on on Wednesday in October, but we had to plan it three weeks out! I need a nap.