As we enter the golden-hued season, Oh Non-denominational, Allergen Free Deity, grant me the strength to keep these vows as School Eve approaches.
1. I will set up a toxin-free lunch box system comprised of easy to find lids with no designs that the girls love in September and deem "For BABIES!" by January. Sure it may cost a bit more but the homemade kale chips and organic wheat-berry salad that they are sure to love will keep best in it.
2. I will write their names in all their new clothes and notice THAT afternoon when they return home without the Landsend sweater they just bought. I will quickly do a follow up check to insure the sweater is home within 24 hours.
3. Homework time will be a joy! There will be a a box of freshly sharpened pencils and cut apples awaiting each well lit, ergonomically optimal, work station. I will sip my lemon water as I gaze lovingly at the 4th grade math worksheets. I'm certain they will remind me of my own love of 4th grade math.
4. Dinner, Bath, Bed routine! Scrubbed, fed, tucked, read, snuggled on time every night so my husband and I can enjoy a calm recap of the day's events as we joyfully embrace in our marital bed. There will be no bargaining with my spouse about who gets what done. After all, the years go so fast. I will enjoy every damn minute of it!
5. The piles of bills, homework, permission slips, junk mail, art projects, popsicle sticks, rubberbands, and stickers in the kitchen are thing of the past. This is the year the metal organizer gets used for something other than a propping device for the piles.
6. I will not volunteer for too much or too little. I will keep track of how many times I have been present in each classroom to avoid sibling jealousy and welcome every combination of child in my clean car on field trips.
7. Of course I will be sure to schedule personal "me time" "work time" "creative time" "fitness time" "haircare time" "skincare renewal time" to be a beacon of feminist strength and wisdom. Yes girls, we can do it all.
8. I will not come to school looking like a homeless person.
9. I will not let it bother me when 4th graders laugh at me if I need to come to school looking like a homeless person.
10. I will be involved but not too involved in everything from fund-raising to bullying, nutrition to homework, reading lists to closed toe-shoe policy. I will have the strength and wisdom to know the difference and trust that every professional, parent, administrator and aid, both cares as much as I do and understands how much I care; which will always be the exact right amount of care.