Today is the first day of school. It’s back to routine.
I’m sad. (So sad that I won’t elaborate on just-how-sad out of fear that my computer will be ruined by the flood of tears.)
But the routine does feel good.
I got out of bed at 6 a.m. and immediately stripped the sheets.
I got dressed in my it’s-the-very-first-day-and-I-have-a-kindergartener-so-I-have-to-wear-real-clothes-and-make-up-so-the-teacher-will-like-me outfit.
I changed over a load of laundry that I started last night, and headed into the kitchen to empty the dishwasher. I thawed/warmed some of the sausage biscuits that the kids and I made and froze last Friday. I smiled at and chatted with each kid as he/she got up.
I grabbed the (now THREE) made-last-night lunches out of the fridge, made sure all teeth were brushed and took first-day-of-school photos.
I dropped off kids one and two at different schools and headed to the third where I parked in a not-mowed field along with hundreds of other kindergarten parents and carried a Barbie backpack and held a little hand as we walked into school.
I was “Mo-ooommm!”ed out of the room and held back tears as I trudged again through the field.
I headed to breakfast with a friend (a very strange feeling), and then stopped by the store to grab some chicken on the way home.
I spent ab0ut thirty minutes cleaning the kitchen, and put the chicken in the crockpot.
I drank my coffee and read my Bible and changed over the laundry a few times.
I cleaned out the Suburban, again with the it’s-the-first-day-and-I-can’t-let-the-kindergarten-teacher-in-on-my-slob-secret-quite-yet motivation.
I folded laundry while watching a DVRed Mommy Show (another very strange feeling), and can say that as of this sure-to-be-fleeting moment just before the dryer’s buzzer sounds, every piece of clean clothing is put away . . . some still warm in the drawers.
Sounds great, right?
Except that my house is a wreck. After the glorious routine-free summer, it shows the effects of the full force of my Slob Issues. Somehow, I’ve spent the past few weeks thinking about how I’d be able to make real progress on our home once school started, while not seeing (at all) the things that needed to be dealt with right then.
Stupid Slob Vision.
Yes, I did empty the dishwasher. But it was the clean dishes that sat in there all day yesterday. So the thirty minutes spent cleaning the kitchen barely made a dent in this:
And the thirty minutes were necessary to be able to get one side of the sink empty so I could rinse the chicken.
And yes, Laundry Day is clipping along well. But I added another load with all of the swim-towels I pulled out of the Suburban.
I’d love to spend this first able-to-focus day working on some big project. Tackling something that I’ve been putting off for years. But instead, I have to make up for the things I’ve been putting off for days. And it’s going to take a full week of doing what I’m supposed to do before I can even maybe start any real projects.
But that’s ok. I enjoyed every single moment of our summer, and even though I do regret not doing a better job of keeping up with my daily tasks, at least I know what daily tasks I should have been doing.
And now I can get back to them.
Did any of you start back to a routine today? How is it going for you?
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