Thursday, July 1, 2010
The house looks like it has been tumbled through the dryer, and I have to fight for the will to sit in my kids room and tell them, again, to pick it up. Make their bed. Get those toys off the floor. Put your clothes ON. *siiiigh* Of course, I didn't know that there was a difference between a "school mom" and a "summer mom" until I took an innocuous survey that would tell you; it basically tests whether you like your days scheduled and structured, or more free flowing and spontaneous. After 10 incredibly "scientific" questions the result was overwhelming. *angelic chorus* I am a 97% Bonified School Mom. Why?
Because I love the school time of year. I love that we all have to get up, get dressed, and have to GO somewhere. I can make a quick early morning stop at the store, right after the last kiddo springs merrily off to class. The small kids take naps as scheduled, and in that peace and quiet of the morning I can BLOG, get the laundry going, pad about the house picking up stuff without anyone undoing it, start the dishwasher, wipe off the counter, and thoughtfully prepare for dinner and what the afternoon will bring. I make phone calls during this quiet time - either to make appointments, research, or call a friend to catch up without being peppered by children's tattling, and questions about whether they can have some juice RIGHT NOW, and random screaming. I am organizing, recharging, and putting my little world to rights.
Summer is none of these things. And with a newborn babe, a busy road by my house, and young kids not old enough to self-supervise, it is ESPECIALLY none of these things. I sat in a friends house yesterday, and confessed my hatred of Otter pops. She has 6 of her own kids and said, "Oh I KNOW! The clipped ends all over, the drippy syrup, sticky fingers, sticky faces and stained clothes! I told my husband that if he ever brings them home again, he's dead meat!!" Oh soul sister. Thank you. I didn't have to say it.
You see, when other mothers beam about the delights of having their kids home for the summer, I have always felt a particular guilt that either I was a rotten mom, or that I had rotten kids. Now I understand that it is neither of those things. I am a great mom - 9 months out of the year! My kids have homework done on time, projects completed, and an awesome "Market Day" entrepreneurial experience! They wear clean clothes, have early morning scripture study, get to school.... pretty close to on time, with their backpack, lunch and permission slip signed! Later on, we have a sit down dinner at the table. With a fruit, vegetable, and A CLEAN TABLE CLOTH!
I scream A LOT less during those months....
But for now, it is summer. It is hot. We are home. All of us. All the time. We are sick of each other. Everything fun requires time and money, but worst of all it requires getting everyone dressed and into the car. And I don't want to take a newborn to the pool and simultaneously try to keep the 2 yr old from drowning. Grocery trips are a nightmare for all of us. I hate the germs (and the food) associated with the play land. It is not fun for me to keep having to do a head count to make sure no one is being molested. The vegetable project is a failure; meaning that the strawberry plants died, but the pumpkins and weeds are growing like gangbusters. Every time I pull into the garage I think that we should organize it, followed immediately by the thought that it is too hot to organize it right now.
I am weary. I am out of synch. There is cereal on the counters and the floor. The spot of toothpaste that I meant to get up off the carpet has been upgraded to "needs the carpet cleaner" status. And I would do it, if the kids could ever stop tromping on the hallway carpet. I am just not a summer mom. This is not fun for me, and I will be glad when it is all over. And when it is you will see me blogging once more and doing this:
Posted by Katrina at 12:15 PM