Monday, January 5, 2009

My Favorite Time of the Day

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First off, let me tell you my LEAST favorite time of the day. It is 3:30pm to 4:00pm. That is the time I pick up my 3 older kids from school. It is the afternoon, so Baby Sally is always beginning the "witching hour" routine with inconsolable whining. She doesn't like riding in her carseat anyway. Then, Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown, and Linus bound into the minivan and, unchained from the prison that is education, they talk, and argue, and get very Very VERY LOUD. They are just bursting to release some of that pent-up energy and they have no place to do it except the backseat of the "Silver Bullet" (aka our minivan). Papers go flying, permission slips are passed back and forth, the remains of half-eaten lunches are nibbled upon, and recorder practice commences. It's quite often like a zoo.

On the other hand, my FAVORITE time of day is when I go somewhere with the kids, anywhere, and I get them all into the van. "Buckle up!" I say as I slide the side door shut tight. Then, I let out a deep breath. I know where all my kids are. I know they are safe. I can see them from behind the glass. And I take the walk of pleasure... you know it... the 10 seconds or so that it takes to get from the closed door of the minivan to the driver's side door. Those 10 or so seconds are the best and most cherished moments of my day.

Quiet. Peace. Solitude.

I know, my favorite part of the day should be "seeing my children's happy faces" or "kissing them goodnight." Maybe in 4 or 5 years, it will be. But right now, for this busy mom, I wouldn't trade those few solitary seconds for anything.

13 comments:

Mrs. S said...

Too cute! :)

Jen said...

Trust me, this is my favorite part of the day too. Sometimes when they are buckled in the car, I go back into the house to just stand in the quiet for a second or two and just breath.

Sidney (Sixy Mama) said...

Right there with ya! Course, my kids are old enough now to not have car seats, but I usually tell them to go out first and I follow....slowly.

Nicole O'Dell said...

Hee hee...I've been known to stand outside the driver's side door for a few extra stolen moments of solitude. The whole world is on the outside of that door, but funny how all of the noise is on the inside!

Text Imps said...

I'm definitely with you ladies on this one. It's so peaceful on the outside. I wonder if that's why there are so many gas stations in a single town. So we can stop over and over for just one more moment of silence.

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

I think being possessive and knowing they are safe is a perfectly reasonable favorite time. And, that 3-5 or 6 window is totally the meltdown tough time of day.

The Nice One said...

Good Gravy, I remember that witching hour, ugh. AWFUL. Luckily my two seem to have outgrown it a bit.
This is my favorite time a lot of nights. I've just spent good quality time wiht my kids putting them to bed and reading with them. They are upstairs, quiet. And I am down, blogging, feeling like a satisfied Mama!

Ryan Ashley Scott@Opitimistic Cyicism said...

Feel like I've been missing something, now. Why do I run to my seat after buckling my son? I will try the slow walk - thank you, Mrs. Mama!

Bridgett said...

I know those ten seconds. It was in the back of my brain...I just didn't realize how wonderful they were. Much better than being in the van alone, because you do know where they are and that they're busy not hitting each other...but still, alone...

Jennifer said...

The other day at work I realized it was completely and totally quite. It was awesomeness.

Trish said...

Nice! I've only got one so far, but I'm sure I'll reach this point too!

Lindsey said...

"Witching hour"! Haha, that's so funny. :-) I know what you mean - I love love LOVE my baby, but I breathe a sign of relief when it's bedtime! :-)

Finleypotamus said...

I feel ya. My boys whine a lot when they are tired of going but I do walk very slowly from back door to front to enjoy the "me" time sometimes lol.