Wednesday is the one day in the week that has
no appointments, no visitors, no support staff and
none of the offspring at home.
The house is empty; no need to watch the clock.
It is the perfect day of the week to have my 'day off'
but I am beginning to wonder about today …
So far, I have travelled to the school twice and it isn't even home-time yet. Miss Get-out-of-bed-too-late (twin sister of Miss Go-to-sleep-too-late) needed to be driven to make it by the bell. I had barely arrived home again when the plea for rescue came through, "Forgot my computer today!"
If it weren't for everything going digital and 'internetty' lately (including the school curriculum) and if it weren't for important assignments being due for submission today, I would have not bothered. (My parenting is very much of the 'tough love' and 'natural consequences' variety).
Being a 'softie' today, I agreed, with a sigh, to go right back to school with computer in hand.
Since I was getting in the car and going that way anyway, why not fix up another overdue errand?
Along with computer and wheelie walker, I packed into the car Miss Get-out-of-bed-too-late's push bike which had a rear wheel puncture in need of repair. After all, the bike workshop is along the way, between home and school, and would be open.
Luckily, it was morning (when I'm at my best) and I had the strength to remove the stubborn front wheel to fit the bike into the car. The whole exercise would have been much easier if the garage roll-a-door hadn't argued though!
No worries, the bike will be ready for pick-up after school. That's great service and next time my daughter wakes up too late, she can get herself to school with pedal power; what a furtive, mischievous mum I can be!
After that easy errand, a quick dash into the local shops on the way home to exchange an item and grab a few groceries left me with a sense of achievement and it wasn't even 10 a.m. "Right." I said to myself, "Now I can get on with the day I had planned:"
- An appointment about support services;
- Laundry (sheets and linen which had been waiting until the sun came out. Today's weather is cold but fine);
- Basic housework and tidying;
- Household administrative tasks.
The clock has just gone 3:00 p.m. While checking the washing on the line (not dry yet) and enjoying the sun at the same time, I reflected on where the day has gone:
- School run
- School re-run
- Bike shop
- Four loads of laundry
- Support service review
- Attempts to deal with household admin. amidst a bunch of further interruptions:
- A flurry of phone calls in response to the support service review from various providers
- Messages and calls from offspring
- Messages to coordinate the after school activities
The realisation came that all of these things were concerning either health admin., housework, household management or errands for the children.
What happened to MY day off?
|The latest broomstick hat prototype is complete!|
Here it is with the scarf, casually dropped
on the table as they were taken off.
The fatigue is tapping on my shoulder and an afternoon nap is in order. After that, it will be preparing the evening meal and serving the family's needs. Do you think it is too much to ask for crochet time after dinner?
In future, I will need to be stricter about my use of Wednesdays!
Do you have days like this?