I highly recommend having babies in your mid-forties. Being the parent of a second grader when you’re 52 is an awesome way, not only of working with @God to make more @humanbeings (always fantastic), but also of tricking yourself into thinking you are pretty much the same as the hot little 28-year olds driving their Rav4′s and XC90′s to carpool and that you are not actually, you know, so freakin’ old.
But, that wasn’t my point.
My point was that I have been doing the – (deep breath) – school supplies - does your uniform fit? – your teacher wants what? we just bought all the school supplies – book covers? Why do we have to do bookcovers? - welcome to our SCHOOL FAMILY – parent/teacher meeting – beginning of the year orientation – parent/teacher conferences – giftwrap sales – please return these papers signed on Tuesdays – please return THESE papers signed on Mondays – I have to find an article for music class – but I get extra credit if you go to the PTO meeting! – make an adobe model out of sugar cubes – is your field trip shirt the green one or the blue one? – yes, I signed your planner – wait,don’t throw that away, we need the box tops – SCHOOL FAMILY – you need a check for what? – do you have hot lunch today or not? – candygrams – wait, is it a jeans day today – boosterthon? Try not to run too many laps, okay? - please send cupcakes/cookies/goldfish but NO PEANUTS – POSTERBOARD – SCHOOL FAMILY.
- thing for twenty-five (25) years.
I get tired just reading that!
Occasionally you will run into a woman who says she won't have kids because of what it does to your body. I'm sure there are other reasons for which this is just shorthand or representative small talk, but I've always found the comment silly. Of course, one's body will eventually break down and quit on you whether you have children or not.
Similarly, I sometimes meet people who tell me that homeschooling "sounds exhausting."
You've got to raise your kids somehow. Frankly, all of the ways are exhausting. You get to pick the way you want to be exhausted, not whether you have to get exhausted.
I like my way.
I hope you like yours, too!