Well, number one, I enjoy having my kids home. They’re both fairly independent and they get along about 70% of the time. For another 20% the tall kid will get annoyed, don his iPod earbuds and disappear into his room. The other 10% requires maternal intervention, which is usually pretty effective. I just like their company.
But also, their going to school really disrupts my day and I get less time to write. Doesn’t make much sense, does it?
What I consider “my day” is from the time I’ve finished my coffee and prelimary internet browsing to the time I have to turn my attention toward the husband coming home, making supper, etc. That “day” encompasses housework, errands, any work for the husband’s company and my writing.
During the summer that day starts at about seven and goes until the husband gets home—anywhere from four to six. Let’s say four.
But a school day?
Up about 6:30, down a coffee, check email. Get the tall kid geared up for school and drive him there by 7:30. Come home and gear the short kid up for school, drive him there by 8:30. Do a few errands while I’m out and get home by 9. Then I usually finish up my internet stuff—chatting on IM for a bit, blogging, etc. Make any phone calls, doing any faxing and such. Wrap that up by 10. Leave to pick up the tall kid at 2:15, then pick up the short kid at 3:15, go through backpacks, supervise homework, etc., then the husband’s home.
So “my day” during the school year gets cut to 10am to 2pm.
I LOSE 5 hours. :gaah:
Is it June yet?