My Monday used to look like this:
:: Wake up grumpy.
:: Drag my feet around slowly for the first hour.
:: Rush around madly for the next hour.
:: Drive to school. Then drive to work.
:: Smile. Think about what else I would rather be doing.
:: Do a day of work.
:: Drive to pick up child, race home to prepare dinner, tidy abode etc etc etc.
:: Sit down about 8pm.
My Monday now looks like this:
Last Thursday my son asked if I was free on Monday to join his class on an excursion. Usually this would be a no-go when I worked full time, unless I knew weeks in advance so I could arrange the day off. But being a serious part-timer/fledgling writer/part-time coffee drinker, I thought hard for all of five seconds and then answered, “Why not!” So this morning off we went.
After the excursion (which by the way was AMAZING fun!) I toddled off home. I do that a lot these days, toddle. I had a coffee, I browsed the net, I got the dog and walked to school to pick up my son. For a child who has spent every afternoon in afterschool care since day one at school for the past five years, being picked up from school is very much a novelty. But to get picked up on foot with your best brown-snouted friend (the dog, not me) is “awesome sauce”! We strolled home, chatting away without a care in the world. And as we strolled I smiled to myself as the realisation that I would never have been able to appreciate what this feels like, to stroll home from school with my child, back when my career ruled my weekday. I am so grateful.
It gets better.
Got home and it was still daylight (another novelty for mum and son alike), so I proceeded to roast eggplant, cook spaghetti and prepare a stir fry. Not only am I prepping dinner before dark, I am prepping tomorrow’s lunch. Awesome sauce.
If ever there was a moment when I feel anxious about just how I will maintain mortgage repayments (and the rest) having cut my income in half (and the rest), it is moments like this that remind me it really doesn’t matter. It is only money. And if there comes a time I cannot pay the mortgage, I will deal with it then.
For now, I am enjoying these moments.