I am not a night owl. I am done by 8:00 pm. Nothing important was ever decided after 8:00 pm. Sleep on it. Let your dreams work it out. As Scarlett said, “Tomorrow is another day.”
I love mornings. I wake up refreshed and ready for the day. I am optimistic about what great things the day has in store for me.
However, I may need to update my “I Love Mornings” status.
There are now three children to get up and around. When school is in session, our mornings seem to swirl around us like a dust devil carrying shoes, socks, homework, toothbrushes, and pop tarts just out of our reach. Sometimes I am amazed at what I am compelled to say.
“Rise and shine!”
“Time to get up.”
“It’s time to get up, that’s what time it is.”
“What do you mean, ‘What’s for breakfast?'”
“Leave the door unlocked, so I can get in the bathroom.”
“You don’t have to have fresh jeans EVERY day.”
“Grab a banana. You’ll be fine.”
“No. Those ARE your socks…today.”
“Do you have your homework? You can finish it in the car.”
“Here’s some money. Bring back the change. Don’t loan it all out.”
“Where’s your brush? Keep it in your backpack.”
“Do that in the car. Just go!”
“There’s a toothbrush in the car. Use your brother’s toothpaste. It’s in his locker.”
“Did you get that onion? Don’t open the onion baggie in the car!”
“Go! Go! Go! Hurry!”
“Get the dog out of the car!”
“Go! Go! Go! Hurry!”
“Don’t drive fast!”
“I love you!”
That’s our morning rush hour. I hope my children don’t remember all the things that tumble out of my mouth on school mornings. What about you?
I know what you mean! I remember once, when my three kids were small, having the same kind of morning you described. Then one of my kids, I don’t remember which one now, said, “Here we go. Another grouchy morning.” It pierced my heart, and I really tried after that to focus more on what’s important (what they’d remember about our home and family life) than the urgent (being late any one morning).
It didn’t totally solve the problem, but it sure changed me and how I handled it.
That is exactly what I LOVE about home schooling this semester! I don’t have to say “hurry get up, hurry eat, hurry get dressed, out the door-hurry, where is you backpack-hurry…hurry get to bed. Hurry, hurry, hurry.
I know that I am enjoying this unhurried lifestyle for the time being. What holds in the future is not known yet…but I am greatly savoring the moment now.
Kim, I love the lifestyle , too! I’m glad you all are enjoying it.
Amen to the homeschooling! I also enjoy that aspect. On the other hand, when I sleep too late and don’t get a good start, we’re still “doing school” late, late into the day. 😦
I was thinking about my homeschooling days when I was writing this post! I do miss the pace of our homeschooling days.
Your “rush hour” made me laugh! And, I needed to! I remember our rushed mornings as a child! If it makes you feel better I only remember with a smile and if I try hard. It’s just life, I guess. Just the thought of keeping that routine myself makes me stress! Hopefully, things will work out for me that I won’t have to do that for a while. 🙂 The socks and toothbrush comments were my favorite!
That does help! I hope they remember with a smile.