10 years in the making. 10 years of raising children, schooling, feeding and reading to them. For the first time in a decade starting Monday, I will have 3 hours – 3 WHOLE HOURS – to myself each day 4 times a week. It’s like what Henry David Thoreau said of Walden Pond:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Except I substitute “mall” for “woods.”
Things to do while the kids are in school:
*Take water aerobics classes and remember to yell “Whoo! Yeah baby!” during the tough parts.
*Go to dog park (and remember to bring the dog).
*Scrub those baseboards (HA! Just kidding!)
*Resist the urge to post embarrassing pictures of my almost 10-year-old. It’s rough as a daughter of a blogger. My other kid? No problem.
*Volunteer at my kids’ school and address their teachers, “Hey girlfriends!” Even the male ones.
*Knit a sweater for my dog that says “Bad to the Bone.”
*Try out new recipes like this one. Yeah, they’ll love me for that!
*Call into radio shows and try out my new catch phrase: THAT is so JUNGLE!
*Learn a new yoga pose like this one.
And finally the number one thing I’ll do while the kids are in school:
Run for the President of the United States with the slogan: “I’m a mother. I know everything.”
- Book Review: Thumbing Through Thoreau: A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau Compiled by Kenny Luck (blogcritics.org)
- Aug. 9, 1854: Thoreau Warns, ‘The Railroad Rides on Us’ (wired.com)
- Procrastination, Thoreau, and modern psychologists (flowingmotion.jojordan.org)