I’m not going to say it’s easy–then again is anything in the role of being a mom easy–but we did it. We survived our first week of school. There were hiccups, yes, but we did it. In our sloppy, sometimes scattered, noisy way, we did it. Vera tore into everything (still looking for that perfect-legal cage for babies) but we laughed and dealt with it and got our work done anyway.
I want to do so much. I want to take my kids on amazing field trips where they are anxiously journaling in their field trip journals (which we do not have). I want to complete math and language arts by 9am and check their perfectly handwritten assignments and return them all with gold stars. I want to spend hours a day reading great historical literature on our current subject and finish it off with a great project everyday. I want all this plus my laundry folded and put away in neat stacks so I can plod over shiny floors in my kitchen to get a delicious roast beef on the table by 5:30pm for dinner.
This list is not humanly possible. Life with kids–and kids that are at home all the time–is messy and noisy and crazy and busy. I take a step back from the never-ending list of expectations and cut that list in half–or maybe just choose a quarter of it. We will have school, some days will be great, some days will be not-so-great. My feet will stick to the floor while I make a quick dinner that’s halfway healthy, I’ll fold the clothes in 20 minutes and go to bed tired. Even still, it is worth it. This life is worth it.
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