Time is what is on my mind, so forgive me as I ramble. Why not right? I’m sure you* have the time!
School is in full swing and with the start of every new school year comes a boatload of extra-curricular activities and sports and lessons and and and …
Now wait. Before you ask me why I am over scheduling my kids, you should know that I am not. I never do. Once you learn a good, solid, lesson on what your children really need, that stuff sticks! I have learned what works best.
I have also learned that what works best one year doesn’t necessarily work best the next.
My Things are not itty-bitty anymore. With one Thing in his last year of Junior High and one Thing in Upper Elementary, the status quo was bound to change eventually.
Well, it’s changing!
Thing 2 will be in the Strings program – which I am thrilled about – at her new school (note: more new!) and Thing 2 is already in Instrumental Band at his school. While these two things individually are terrific, I can’t help but cringe a bit as I consider all the “what if?”s that are sure to be answered over the next few weeks. What if Thing 1’s infamous (well it is to me anyway) early morning band rehearsal is on the same day as an early morning strings rehearsal? What if the winter concerts are on the same night? What if there is a special practice outside of the regular (still mysterious) rehearsal times? I know that having my kids in music is the best thing for them. I don’t think that is a matter of opinion, by the way. I believe it is a matter of fact. I need them to be able to continue and my need for my kids to have music means I cannot possibly choose one kid’s need for music over the other kid’s need for music.
Did I mention we are a single vehicle family?
Did I also mention that that single vehicle is not a DeLorean?
Though, it is almost as old as one, so there’s another timeline I am unclear on. How long will it last? How many kilometres will we have on it when it finally decides to fail? I mean, it’s a car. They definitely do not last forever and I have grown rather accustomed to driving it. I will miss it for a myriad of reasons. I have lived without a car and it is not easy. It wasn’t easy with a 4 year old. It wasn’t easy with a 4 year old and a newborn. It certainly wouldn’t be easy with a 13 year old, a 9 year old, a violin, and a trumpet (wasn’t that an ’80s band**? Oh.. never mind. Where was I?), and trying to cart all over the city following a strict schedule and having to arrive on time!
Perhaps I am getting ahead of myself.
Maybe I should give myself some time to find out the answers to the “what if?”s.
Maybe the car will be fine for a little while longer.
Maybe I should spend less time thinking about the questions that bother me so.
Speaking of time (all the time, apparently), we are having a harder time waking up in the morning than any of us anticipated. We are still searching for the sweet spot of bedtime versus wakeup time, so far, this school year and we have overslept by a little bit a couple of days. (Gee, I wonder if committing to post something to my blog every day has anything to do with it? Why are late night talk shows suddenly so appealing to me? Why must Jimmy Fallon be so incredibly charming? Perpetually!) Today we overslept a lot! Not good. Everyone managed to get out the door on time, but Thing 2 was juuuust in time to catch her bus, running. Not ideal.
On the upside, I have started running!
Mostly for buses.
Out of desperation.
Still though, at least I could run!
I’ll consider it practice for when the car dies.
*I kid. I kid. Especially if you have a kid. Extra especially if you have more than one and they are in school! Seriously, go take a nap! Why are you still here?!?