Finally I sat down with DH and asked the inevitable question. What would be the ideal solution here? After some conversation we realized that having a sitter come and stay with e. so that she can be in her own bed, in her own house, would probably be the most simple solution. She could go to camp as usual the first day, have a day out with the sitter on the second, and then maybe a long play date with her bestie on the third day. Ah. This sounds much better.
What I’ve been thinking about lately is how we unconsciously design our lives through the decisions we make. How is it that we have never both been away from e. for more than one night over the past 5 years? Clearly that has to do with what our priorities are. As I contemplate the changes brought on by Kindergarten I think about how, for the last four years, we chose child care that worked with our schedule and offered flexible coverage. Again, the question of child care comes up with the new school, new schedule. What will we do with e. at the end of the day when we can’t pick her up?
The friends we were visiting last night are spending their summer waking up late, unstructured, slowly. I noticed a twinge of jealousy. Why don’t we have that space this summer? Of course, I know the answer. We just got back from two weeks on the West Coast and next week we are leaving for two weeks on the East Coast. And when we get back, my calendar is full for another two weeks. It’ll be a full month before I have a day to put my head on anything else. And I’m okay with that.
And I’m also thinking about the fall and what I want to create for myself and my family. How much time? And more importantly, what do I want that time together to feel like?
What does summer time make you think about?