I woke up this morning at 6am with a feeling of dread that today might actually be Monday…
I turned to my wife who was already awake and I asked her, “Is it Monday?”
“Yup”, she responded with a sigh.
It’s not that we hate our jobs, or that we had something to do today which we were dreading, but today came way too soon.
For those of you with multiple children – especially those of you with children in activities – know that this is one hectic time of year.
Programs are ending, programs and starting, and that means 8am-10pm programming and with 3 children and 2 parents, it means a whole lot of juggling and lots of mileage on the car!
Take Sunday for example. My oldest boy umpires baseball, and as his baseball season came to an end yesterday, he found umpiring work at the Toronto Girls Baseball League, an upstart league created by Dana Bookman, which has taken the city by storm. Very well run, extremely well-organized, and extremely well supported it’s been a huge success and is growing by leaps and bounds. Our daughter has played in the league and would play more if it didn’t conflict with her dance classes.
As the oldest, and considering the park was close enough to home, he was the lucky one who had to make his own way to and from the games. He gathered his umpire gear, made sure he found his bike lock, and set out his water bottle, snack and sun screen the night before.
His younger brother had Sunday school in the morning, followed by his Select hockey practice, followed right after by his baseball playoff game. He made muffins in the morning which made him happy, and he loved his select practice and his baseball team won (even though he wanted to pitch and his coach wouldn’t let him pitch – which made him grumpy).
As an aside, he’s an outstanding kid – all about fairness and equality for everyone – he knows that he has pitched the least out of all the kids and out of frustration he declared that he’s not playing baseball next year. Never ever again. All of this because he’s had the same coach 2 years in a row and he feels that he’s going to get the same coach next season and that coach will not let him pitch. It’s NOT fair.
Our daughter, fresh off a Saturday afternoon dancing at half-time of the Toronto Argonauts football game, had her day filled with another dancing gig at the Girl Expo Canada, which coincidentally was created and run by Dana Bookman along with Alison Cepler.
After that event, she headed downtown to synchronized swimming practice where 2 hours in the pool tuckered her out.
Back at home, the oldest had a play date with a former school mate, and by the time we all settled in together, it was 8pm and I left my equally exhausted wife with 3 hungry, tired children while I raced out to a 8:30pm business meeting.
I finally returned just before 11pm to find my wife laying in bed – too tired to sleep – but so tired she needed to sleep. We planned Monday’s responsibilities and I headed down to the kitchen to clean up from dinner, and take care of the load of laundry she ran.
Midnight came very quickly.
She was still awake.
I was wide awake.
“You know, we’re going to close our eyes and it will feel like seconds before it’s Monday morning.”
With that thought, we closed our eyes…
(For those of you who are thinking about commenting that it’s our fault for having 3 kids, and for programming 3 kids and that we’re just being whiny for complaining… Yup. Saved you from having to enter that comment.)
Just thinking about myself as a kid – my parents put me in the one program that they thought I should have been in – and that was the way it was done. I want my kids to experience plenty of things – we’re smart enough to plan the schedules accordingly, but when programs overlap… So not cool.