Monday, August 12, 2013

Back to School: The mid-day tea party had to end sometime.

Since my youngest associate will be leaving the office to explore new opportunities, Tuesday marks the start of my new job. While my hours will be better, the pay will still stink.

I have over 8 years experience of having a child at home 
so the thought of not having one at home with me during the day is going to take some getting used to.    

Vaughn cannot wait to start kindergarten. Her excitement has been contagious and we're all excited for the start of school around here. However, last week it hit me that her starting school meant that she would be...leaving me. I guess the mid-day tea parties had to end sometime. 

I'll still have groceries to buy, errands to run, and cleaning to do but it's all that leftover time that I'm worried about. I know I'll find ways to fill it - house projects, gym time, helping out in the kid's classrooms, that sort of stuff. Yet, I feel I was good at staying home with the kids, like it's what I was meant to do. I treated it like any other job and put everything I had into  it. I loved doing projects with them, library and park trips, helping them learn through play. I focused all my time and energy on them because moving from place to place we didn't have a lot friends. There were no other Moms to call to meet for playdates or anyone to watch the kids while I ran and did something for myself. Just me and the kids until Daddy got home from work. So, now what do I do with myself that it's over? 

Napoleon Dynamite: I don't even have any skills.
Pedro: What do you mean?
Napoleon Dynamite: You know, like nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills.

No I don't want another baby, I'm just sad that this chapter of my life is over because I enjoyed it so much. Of course, I know it's not totally over, it's not like they're moving out but hopefully I'm making my point clear. I'm trying to be positive and am excited for this new "job" opportunity of mine. I'm looking forward to getting to know myself a little more and finding what my new skills will be. (Hopefully it will be nunchuck skills because wouldn't that be awesome?!?)

How are you guys handling the kids going back to school? Boo hoo'ing or yahoo'ing?

6 Responses to “Back to School: The mid-day tea party had to end sometime. ”

  1. Good luck in your job venture and to Vaughnie being a big girl now!

    And then there's poor, little kids ARE moving out.

    Let me know how the nunchuck skills work out!!


  2. I'm boo hoo'ing and we still have two weeks left. I totally know what you mean about feeling weird about having no one at home with you. I felt the same way when Logan went to Kindergarten. And to be honest I feel that way EVERY August. I LOVE having him home in the summer. It always goes by way too fast. :( But you are right you will find new things to do and even have some time to focus a little more on you which I think is a treat for every Mom. Your kiddos are lucky to have such a wonderful Mommy that adores them so and enjoys their company :)

  3. You always give me something to think about. I'm 51and never had children which makes me very sad. Also, I'm disabled and don't get out of the house much so, in an odd way, I related to this post. Both you and your younger associate will be exploring new opportunities. You may not be as excited about your next stage as Vaugn is but it's a great sign of your character that you plan to make the best of this coming change in how you spend your days. Here's hoping you end up feeling like my retired mom who often says, "I'm so busy, I don't know how I ever had time to squeeze in work!" :)

  4. Thanks everyone!

    Lori - I can't even imagine what that's like! You have every reason to be boo hoping! But then you should be yahoo'ing because you've raised two great kids that are ready to move on! Congrats to you empty nesters!

    Karen - that's right, you ended really late. Enjoy these last 2 weeks!

    Delphi - I'm so glad you found me! Thanks for your kind words, I enjoy reading your comments!

  5. Maybe a part-time job at the school or consider some other type of volunteer work such as Meals on Wheels (I do that, as you probably already know).

    I must say that I envy you that you would have the opportunity to still stay home instead of having to work. It was not easy as a single mom to have to work the entire time that my son was young - and I'm amazed that now that I work only 3 days a week, how much stuff I have on my to-do list. I can't remember how I fit all that in when I worked full time! I guess I was younger and had more energy.

  6. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Very nice article Charisa!




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