January 21 2010
Just when you get totally into the swing of late starts and 10am breakfast, education rears its ugly head and bites you on the ass. There's no point in trying to ignore it...this time next week both boys will be back in the grip of the Department of Education. Teenage Mutant will have to swap his 11am starts for a 6am alarm call. Second Son will be responsible for the creation of his own weetbix. I have to organise bus passes, book covering, uniform pickups, teacher interviews, lunch box assembly and outside school activities, which this year includes Tae Kwon Do, tennis, drum lessons, part time work, homework assignments and three different band practices. Life will be defined by the "Fridge List"....one for each day of the week, detailing what activities happen on what day, so there's no chance of leaving home without swimming gear, trombone or American Express card. This week is a trial run, to make sure we iron out as many bumps as possible before the real deal starts. For the first time, I won't actually be here to supervise the morning routine, since I'm working earlies every day except Friday, so FF is going to have to step up to the plate as far as making sure the boys are at least out of bed and dressed before he leaves for work.
I'll have to get used to not seeing Kit till he gets home, since his bus leaves before I get home from work. I have to draw up a list of "Things that need to be charged overnight" since both boys are working from laptops this year and I have a bad habit of forgetting to plug things in. We have to have a summit meeting about school lunches vs the crap they've been eating over the holidays. And I have to say goodbye to the good times....and start counting the days till Easter.