Archive for July 8th, 2013

Hen_and_chicks

Wake up and throw on clothes chosen day before. Brush teeth, toss water on face. Downstairs, check weather forecast, put on water for tea, pack lunch boxes: hummus, whole grain flatbread, baby carrots (cooked for one, raw for the other), salami slices, cut up cantaloup, apple sauce packet, granola bar, milk with ice cubes for Little One. Wake kids. Negotiate appropriate clothing. Make breakfast, slice fruit, nudge Big One to set table, avoid eye rolls, pour drinks. Navigate around husband making his lunch. Extra kid in tow to help a friend. Sit down for 15 minute Civilized Breakfast together. Remove scrambled egg from curly head and inside fold of diaper (?!) Apply sunscreen on melange of limbs and faces. Pack towel, extra clothes, water shoes, diapers, sheet, blanket, sleep animals, sun hat, tuition check. Pack my own bag, remember I have a life of my own somewhere. Where? Computer, power cord, bottle of water, brilliant Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway, pack of almonds, fleece for overly air-conditioned coffee shop. Remind kids to fill water bottles with ice and put plates IN dishwasher. Put away perishables from breakfast. Turn blind eye to rest. Switch carseat, grab tuition check from husband of neighbor who forgot to bring hers in. Pile kids in car. Field conflicting requests for music. Preschool drop off. Pry toddler off leg. Camp drop off. Repeat “goodbye” several times until Big One acknowledges she has a mother who is leaving. Fill out liability waivers, yes I agree you will not be responsible for anything that might happen to my child, just take her until 4 pm. Walk back to car, call neighbor to coordinate camp pick-ups, grocery shopping, dinner, evening logistics. Drive to coffee shop, stake out table, order coffee, turn off phone. Now: clear mind, be creative and write. Go!

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