Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My Second Favoritest Day

Today was the kids first day back to school.

Today, not yesterday. Not Monday, when I didn't realize that they had one more day off of school until they came home from standing at the bus stop for 10 minutes in the freezing cold (relatively, anyway - this IS Texas after all) and saying, "Mom the bus didn't come. I think we missed it." To which I immediately slipped a few expletives. And then, whilst putting on my bra and shuddering as I passed my reflection in the bathroom mirror (my hair has a mind of its own), I thought, "Hmmm, did that little yellow rectangle on the school calendar mean first day back from vacation? I thought it did. Maybe it meant something different..."

It was like a cruel joke.

But now, today, WITHOUT A DOUBT, today is the first day back to school after Christmas Break. This day is second only to the first day back to school after summer break.

And, I love my kids to pieces. I cry because I try my best to be a great mom but I know they deserve better. They deserve the whole world and I can't give it to them.

But. But.

But, I pledge to you now, you as my bloggy friend witnesses, that I will never homeschool them. No good can come of it, that much I am sure of.

18 comments:

Frogs in my formula said...

I don't have a kid in school yet but I imagine it's a great relief to have them back to school after vacation.

Anna See said...

i hope you had a good first day back! one of my son's classmates missed school yesterday b/c her mom thought there was one more day of vacation.

Gigi said...

Don't cry - you are a great mom! And I can guarantee you EVERY SINGLE MOM in the world loves to send those kids back to school! I know I did yesterday (that's when mine went back) even though it meant I had to go back as well! And yeah - homeschooling? Only for a select few - no way on God's green earth that I could have done that (even if I had the mental capability....)

The Old Geezer said...

You sound like my youngest daughter
She has 3 kids ages 4,6, and 9.
She loves them to death but they drive her crazy.

During their Christmas vacation she dumped them of on old PaPa (that's me) as often as possible

they think I'm just a big kid they can have fun with just like any of their other friends.
I always load them up with skittles before they go home

Ain't life wonderful?

Jennifer said...

I'm with you girl. Like I've said before, the only things my kid would know is what they learned on the Disney channel.

Em said...

A cruel, sadistic joke really, not sending them back yesterday. How many school district higher ups were snickering knowing moms were cursing their booties?

I did just notice that my oldest is out for a four-day weekend for MLK. Really?

I have a dream.

The dream of a five-day school week!

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Amen, even though I'm the one other parents send their kids to on these favorite days...

I thought it was hilarious when people asked if I was going to homeschool, since I'm a teacher; we love children (in particular our own) but we *do* enjoy the breaks.

I'm glad you got the back-to-school thing figured out without too much hassle ;D

Jess said...

I get the crazy idea of wanting to homeschool and my husband quickly talks me out of it everytime. I'm with you....nothing good would come out of it!!

Aunt Crazy said...

Homeschool...NO WAY. Being a stay at home mom was even out of the question for me. You do that well and with a lot more kids than I could ever dream of dealing with...LOL I only have two and I love that I go to work and they go to school and I have always loved taht.

Foursons said...

Oh my gosh, I am cracking up that you got them up early and dressed, and fed and off to school when there was NO school! Bahahahaha! I'm sure they loved you for it.

Mama B said...

I am with you! I could never home-school, no matter how disappointed I am with the public school options. I do not have the patience for my own kids that I would need! It would be a disaster and we would all need therapy!

texasholly said...

OH NO! That is like the cruelest joke EVER. Mine went back today - whoo hoo.

Jen said...

As much as I love the first day back to school from any break I also love the first day of summer break where we all get to sleep in a little and things aren't so hectic. I'm glad they are out of my hair but I do get to missing them as well. As for homeschooling I don't know how anyone can do that. I have nothing but respect for those who do but know there is no way in hell I would want to rely on me to educate my kids. I haven't been able to help my son with math homework since the third grade.

Sturgmom said...

Everyone has limits and it's great that you know yours!

I dream of becoming the mom who desires to homeschool her children and does it successfully with grace and infinite patience, but I'm pretty sure that woman does not exist within me.

bianca said...

I have to agree with you - NO homeschooling from me...EVER! I commend the moms who choose to do it, but I am just not going to be THAT mom! Hope you enjoy your peaceful days :)

Karen said...

I would have never been able to homeschool. I loved it when my kids went to school. We were all better for it.

anymommy said...

I've got a big AMEN for saying no to homeschooling. My children and I would not like each other. But, I seriously admire those that do it!

Hope you survived the return to school.

Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...

I waffle back and forth on the homeschool thing. But I think by the time my little one is ready I'M going to need a break! @_@