Our homeschool Spring Co-op session starts this morning. We’re all a-twitter with excitement. We’re gonna get socialized some more!!!
The sad reality of it is – the socialization is more for the momma than the children. (sigh) Yes… I’m doing it more for me than for my kids. I just love seeing my mom friends – so I make sure we have to be at Co-op by signing up to teach a class each session. “Sorry kids… mommy’s teaching so we HAVE to go…”
It’s a supreme sacrifice, I assure you. First it’s like taking 18 promising school days right off the top of our year’s schedule and crowding all that learnin’ into the rest of our distracted days. It’s like a beautiful 3 and a half week school vacation all stretched out.
Then there’s the early mornings required. Usually there’s not much stirring around here before 7 or 8 in the morning unless it’s leftover from the day before – and I ALWAYS make it a rule to be in bed before 6… AM. You’d think I was sending these kids off to a labor camp when I ask them to be up by 7 AM and out the door (completely dressed with the stink washed off and smiles on their little round faces. Okay.. I usually give up on the smiles thing – but I insist that the dragon breath be gone.) Most days around here don’t start until well after the Co-op is half over.
And finally I generally force my children to eat a horrible lunch of cheap Little Cesar’s pizza (if it’s on sale) or shabby bean burritos so we can rush off to the park and continue the socialization afterwards. We forfeit dietary stability for conversation in the sun.
Yes… Tuesdays for the next 9 weeks are pretty much shot. But we’ll have fun and learn some things from some other more organized and committed mothers that I hadn’t thought of. Perhaps they’ll be things like, don’t put stainless steel mixing bowls in the microwave. Wish I’d thought of that one and mentioned it a day or two earlier. RIP sweet microwave… we’ll miss thee and thy nuking ways.
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