Category: Back-to-school

But Today I Did Nothing

Today was the first full day of preschool for my kids this school year. After a brief appointment this morning I had nothing planned for the remainder of my child-free afternoon. I typically have lists of to-dos and the 5 hours they are both in preschool 2 days a week are usually crammed full of productivity. But today I did nothing.

Don’t get me wrong, there is no end to the number of things I could have been doing. There are always things to be done around here. There is always laundry and dishes and cleaning and errands and countless other things that require my attention. But today I did nothing.

Instead of my usual productivity, I ate a leisurely lunch without interruption. I wasted time perusing Facebook. I allowed myself to get sucked into an episode of Property Brothers on HGTV. And instead of feeling gloriously liberated by an afternoon of purely selfish laziness, I felt guilty. Guilty that I was doing nothing when there were so many things I could be doing. Guilty that while I had the opportunity to be lazy today my husband is working hard to support our family. I was even feeling guilty that I wasn’t enjoying my lazy time because I was too busy FEELING GUILTY! How ridiculous is that?! Feeling guilty about feeling guilty!

The truth is that every now and then we all need a break. I’m exhausted. You probably are too. And while I’m certainly not going to make a habit of squandering my valuable time by being lazy, some days just call for it. There are many days ahead for me to do all the “stuff”. But today I did nothing, and I can make peace with that.

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Back-to-Preschool Blessing

For many of us the upcoming weeks will bring with them the return of preschool/mother’s day out programs. Whichever side of the fence you fall on (the happily doing cartwheels all the way home from drop-off mom, or the sobbing uncontrollably mom) we could all use a little blessing for back-to-preschool. So I’ve come up with one! Hope you enjoy!

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Back-to-Preschool Blessing

May your tuition be low; May the germs be few. Nobody around has time for the flu!

May there be no tears, and few projects with glitter. May your kid always make it on time to the shitter.

May the parent sign-up sheet always let you bring forks. Who has time to bake?! Must be the dorks.

May the lessons always be understood fully; May your “precious angel” not be the class bully.

May your kids always eat the lunches you pack; May they keep their pants up and cover their crack.

May your kid not be the one full of sass, May they not be “that kid” with uncontrollable gas.

May they learn the proper writing grips, and speak not the bad words they’ve heard from your lips.

May you meet with some friends for child-free lunches, or find time to go to the gym and do crunches.

May your kids happily wear the school clothes you bought; May you love all the teachers that they got.

May they learn; May they grow; May this time be pleasant. There is only a small window we have in the present.

Enjoy it, hug them, laugh and be silly. It’s only a matter of time before Kindergarten, really.

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