Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Summer School

Tomorrow, for the first time ever, Faith is going to daycare. This is a Big Deal. I'm not quite sure why, since I know she has been begging to go to school, with the playground, and the kids, and the little chairs and the little tables and the story times, and the sing along songs, and everything she has ever heard about it has enchanted her. So she is thrilled.

I, on the other hand, am not so much. It is the whole stranger taking care of my child thing. It is the whole no one can love her like I do thing. It is the whole what if there are too many kids to watch and she gets hurt thing. It's the worry and the loss of control and the fear that maybe she'll just blend in too much and no one will fall absolutely head over heels in love with her, like she deserves.

I wish things were different and I could stay with her every day, but they are not and I'm not going to dwell too much, but yes, my little girl is going to “school” as she says and I just hope that some child will run up and grab her hand and want to play and be best friends forever.


James is not going to daycare and I'm not sure what to think anymore about childcare situations. Just go with the flow, I suppose. It's times like this when I think “what am I, absolutely NUTS for even thinking for a second that I could possibly want another child? What would I DO with it????”

Work is . . .well, work. I know that the eleventh commandment is thou shalt not write about work on thy blog, so I'll try to refrain but oh how I would love to. What with the awkward situations and the sometimes pleasant conversations and the vast difference between a career and a job. Yes, think about that for a moment and then guess on which side I fall. Blah blah economy blah blah poor blah take what you can get blah come home and forget about it.


On a much happier note, this is by far and away the best summer of my adult life. I am not pregnant or nursing or have an infant that can't walk. I can put floaties on both kids and we can all swim. They can play outside for hours, we can all absorb the sun and then all daze around in a blissful sleepiness. There are impromptu cookouts, late night parties, entire days spent floating down the Chattahoochee, and warm days that slowly fade into hazy twilight evenings dotted with fireflies. The kids can both enjoy every moment of the day, from sunup to sundown. I love this summer so much that it makes me sad that July is almost over and want to do a Zack Morris and freeze time.


Jen said...

Your summer sounds lovely...except work, blah. I was wondering how your childcare sitch was working out. We are ...adjusting... over here. Hand in there! Anyone who wouldn't fall in love with Faith must be crazy, and therefore not allowed to work with children, right? Right?!

Jen said...

I meant, hang in there.

Brooke G. said...

Am I seeing a correlation between starting a new job, dealing with a condescending boss and bringing the angst home and taking it out on the oldest child? Well, that is exactly what is happening in my world anyway!!! I agree with Jen - "Hand in there!" or "Hang in there!!" (I am such a dork - HA!) And, I am sure that Faith will do great in "school." She is at the perfect age. It will be GREAT for her... REALLY! I think these transitions are always hardest on Mom.

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

I know I will be nervous when my son goes off to school. I work full-time and don't see him as much as I'd like already. Having him in school all day? Oh, it is unbearable.