My kids are all in school now. I drop them off at 8:20am and pick them up at 3:20. During these seven hours of freedom, I have found myself in a pattern of fairly unproductive socially stimulating behavior.
Here are the top five things to do when your triplets go to all day Kindergarten:
1. Go to lunch. Everyday. With friends. And always order a glass of Champs or a bottle of white wine such as Pinot Grigio.
2. Go shopping. Even if I don’t buy anything. It is just fun to be out and about without my children hiding in circular clothing racks, wrestling in the middle of walkways or speaking with their loud outdoor voices inside retail stores.
3. Organize. I told my husband that when the kids go to full-day school, my house will finally look the way I want it to. Yesterday I spent two hours picking up small toys and random shit that I usually walk by for months due to lack of time and motivation. For example, on the console under my television in the family room there was a Barbie comforter with a santa ornament sleeping on top of it. When I said random shit, I meant it. It had lived there for over a month. I finally picked it up and deposited it in the trash can yesterday. It was cathartic.
4. Take the time to plan dinners in advance. My days of preparing meals from beginning to end at 5pm each day are over.
5. Self growth. All this free time cannot simply go to wining and dining. I will be taking some extra time for more exercising and mental health projects. I will be working/volunteering more time with Hands4Hope. I will be volunteering a lot of time at my children’s wonderful school (70 hours of Chris and my volunteer time is required each year. School has been in session for 2 weeks and I already have 20 hours). I will require more writing and reading of myself. In all my organizing I came across William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style, all about writing and grammar that my momma gave me four Christmases ago. I have read bits and pieces of it as needed. I also came across the book Writer Mama – How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids, which my husband lovingly gave me years ago, but I never read. I shall take this extra time to read these books. I also found a scarf I started knitting nine years ago in my nightstand. I picked it up few days ago in hopes that I can complete it. This is how it looks now:
When I pick my kids up from school, I relish in every detail of their amazing day performing science experiments and creating art projects. I have the whole afternoon to spend with them coloring or watching them “pretend” this and “pretend” that in their make-believe worlds of cats and dogs.
I should probably go to lunch and shop less. And I will when I’m ready. Until then, I am going to live it up and appreciate my new-found independence. It has been nine years since I’ve had it.
After my husband reads this he may take away my credit cards. I will start memorizing them right now.
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.