A Day in the Life

Some days I even wonder what it is that I do all day. Seems like such a simple question to answer. It is easy on a good day, like we went to the zoo, drew pictures, saw friends, built a big fort, or played outside. Of course there are the other days where it takes every ounce of energy just to get the kids dressed (and maybe yourself), fed and mildly entertained.

Today it took all my energy to get Sander to school. It was raining this morning, that means extra layers and putting O in the backpack to carry to school, so I can hold an umbrella over him to keep him dry. We are ready to go out the door, let me grab an umbrella… damn. We have gone through several umbrella’s, the wind broke one, another got bent in a stroller accident on the way to school (another good story, which includes an umbrella bent under the stroller and a toddler laying on the wet sidewalk); so that left me this morning with the very cute, but very little, kid size cloud umbrella (thank you Aunt Kris) to use to cover O from the rain. Hopefully he won’t get too wet. Well, finally off to the garage to get the stroller with the rain shield that; damn again; I left in back of the car, which clearly I do not have.

Maybe we will just stay home, but no, a child at school means a little more quiet at home, oh and some learning or something too. Well I get us to school using the other stroller with the rain shield draped across it. Thankfully there was little wind today and only I got wet on the trip.

We will skip ahead to picking Sander up. Thankfully the sun has come out and I can once again use the double stroller. We made it home. We are in the door removing layers and all is well. I turn my back for two seconds and Sander is screaming with a bloody nose and Olin is looking surprised and laying flat on his back. Did O use all his baby power and reach up and punch Sander in the nose, lose his footing and fall backwards? Impressive but doubtful.

Any of you who has or takes care of young kids knows that each day is an adventure, whether it is something you can tangibly put into words and explain to others at the end of the day is another story.


2 thoughts on “A Day in the Life

  1. Oh, my, what’s life with two boys in the house without an occasionally bloody nose? My guess, is the ol’ flop-er-roo. Olin topples out of the stroller, knocks Sander’s nose on the way to the floor with his head. Ouch all around.

    As to the umbrella situation, the better option may be to invest in some high-tech rain coats that work well, forget the umbrella and embrace the dampness. The money you save not replacing umbrellas will be well invested in foul weather gear that works on boats.

    Incidentally, I loved your story. Well written! Brings me back to trying to wrangle two kids out the door myself, always in a mad dash to make it to school on time.

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