When you get home, what happens? I’m regularly amused, challenged, and sometimes left in simple wonder on this side. My story isn’t unique, I’m sure, for anyone with little kids and a full time job. It goes something like this…
Up before the sun most work-day mornings to get some personal time and maybe a little work done from the day before, to get a jump on the day. Get yourself ready to head out into the world, then help your kids get ready. You might have a day-care or school drop-off before heading to work yourself. That’s my typical routine.
Then maybe you have a commute on your hands to get to the office. Maybe it’s 30 minutes, or maybe an hour and a half, or somewhere in between; or maybe more. You put in your seven, eight, nine, (ten?) hours at your job, doing your best to focus on the professional “you”, to earn your keep.
As the day winds down, it’s time to head out on the road again…that same commute again, only the other direction. Maybe it’s longer now, as the day is coming to a close and more people are headed home. Battle the traffic, the weather, your attitudes about the day, as you make your way.
Get home, and the second job begins. Wise to change your clothes at least, but you may or may not get to do that. If you thought about dinner before you left the house for the day — if you have a slow cooker and have a meal prep started, it might not take much to get supper on the table.
If you’re like my wife, that might be the case. She’s dialed in often times, especially with the slow-cooker dinners. If you’re me though, you scramble and hit the creativity switch, hoping something pops up, that the kids will actually want to eat.
Tonight I got lucky. I changed my clothes, and the kids went with the first dinner proposal I offered. And the TV wasn’t even on. They had cheesy roll-ups and vegetables, with some apple slice on the side. Except for the grief I got from my youngest for the smell of my dinner (sardines and roasted veggies with parmesan), it was pretty successful.
When my wife got home, we all meandered around a bit through the rest of the dinner hour, went through the mail, got caught up on the day (another victory — as it doesn’t always happen), and then it was bath time TIMES three. And that finished within the next hour.
And here were are. Time to scribble down a blog post. And do a little email catch up for a meeting I have tomorrow night. And sip a little more tea. And time for bed. GOOD.