I've been a little absent on this blog, I know. But I have good
reason, if only at least for the last week - school's officially on
break now in my house.
I'm distinctly aware that the end of
school before day camp starts (because we are fortunate enough to
be able to do the day camp thing) means one thing: I need to find
ways to occupy my son and I'm unable to get much else on the work
Because as I work part-time, I'm
still half an SAHM. And thus, it's pretty much incumbent on me to
figure out how the heck I'm going to entertain two active boys who
can't understand why they can wear shorts one day and fleeces the
I don't blame them.
Weather aside, the break when school
is out, just before the onslaught of summer activities start is
distinctly a SAHM problem. And I don't mean this pejoratively. Some
of the working moms I've talked to about making plans for this time
off have not been enthused about signing up for classes (nanny can
just take the kids to the park), some have completely sent their
kids away to family members because they can't handle coordinating
activities AND their work schedule, and others are just blasé about
the whole time off issue because it decidedly isn't really their
problem for now.
I'd feel the same if I were them.
The ability to walk out the door and not worry if your kid ever
leaves the house for the entire day because it's either too hot or
too freezing (yes, I'm obsessed with the weather) sounds utterly
delightful at times.
But I know the flipside. Those
moments this week when I wasn't working, but sitting home,
twiddling our thumbs about what to do next (it was like pulling
teeth to go on a bike ride), were at times, I'll say it, utterly
We've watched a lot of Scooby Doo.
The little guy is learning to walk and so we're cheering him on.
And, although we're either sweating it out in the front yard or
shivering at T-ball practice, we are having a few stolen moments
during the quiet part of summer before I will wish my eldest to
come home off the camp bus sooner rather than later.
Maybe the early summer break isn't
really a problem at all.
Sara Fisher is a mother of two living in Roscoe Village. She also blogs at selfmademom.net.
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