in my previous life as a researcher with a clock to punch I would have spent the week of spring break juggling sitter schedules with the occasional time off work all balanced with a sprinkling of help from papa. but the new me…the one running ‘a happy stitch’ and taking on most of the family responsibilities…well, that me was looking spring break straight in the eye and it was all mine.
I am not too proud to admit that I was a little scared. what if the kids got the better of me? what if I just ran of steam like a train stranded on the tracks with the passengers gone wild? it was 11 straight days of no school, people!
but you know what!? it didn’t happen like that! me and my two amazing boys screamed, yelled, fought over toys and noise, and had a great time. somewhere in the midst of everything we found a great rhythm and the screaming, at least on my part, was minimized. we hit the beach, the arboretum, hiked and even snuck papa off with us to the brooklyn bridge. we essentially spent a week loving up our little part of the world.
I know I’m lucky I got the opportunity to be adventure-planner and full-time mama. it was a little taste of what it must be like for stay at home mothers. and, wow. my hats off to those parents that do stay home full time. I’m not saying that it is the thing for me…I’m definitely ready for preschool to start up again. but, I am heading back into ‘a happy stitch’ time with renewed confidence in my parenting as well as enthusiasm for all I do when I’m not with my kids.