My baby started Kindergarten Monday. Now, she’s been in daycare a couple of days a week for a while now, so we’re not suffering from separation anxiety or anything. It’s just the Momentousness of the situation. MY BABY IS IN KINDERGARTEN. Yikes. She’s no longer a pre-schooler. She’s a schooler.
Life is going to be different from now on. A school calendar will control my schedule for the next thirteen years. I can no longer put AC in the tumbling classes that start at 10:30 am— instead I wait in the lobby with masses of other people at a noise level that makes it impossible for me to work (because we have to do this after school). And sitting in the lobby typing on a laptop seems to be an open invitation for people to read over your shoulder. Like I need these soccer moms reading the love scene I’m writing or editing—that would go over well.*
So, as we’re adjusting to this new schedule (I also have to get up very early now…school starts at 7:40 am.), I’m also adjusting to the fact I’m about to be unemployed. One contract ends this week; my other contract ends September 14th. And I don’t have another contract lined up. I’m also not teaching. Ummm, does this mean I’ll be a full-time writer? I understand it’s the dream of most unpubbed folks to be a full-time writer, but I kinda hoped money would be coming in...
So, we’re in for some changes. Home alone every day without papers to grade, events to plan, etc, etc. I’ll either be writing a lot, or I’ll have the cleanest house this side of the Mississippi as I practice avoidance.
I keep telling myself that change is good. Okay, so how do I put myself on a schedule when no one is breathing down my neck and I don’t have fourteen other things that need to be done? (Although the PTA** would like to give me fourteen or fifteen things to do…)
Change is good.
*I wrote part of this blog entry while AC was in gym class, and there really was a soccer mom reading over my shoulder. I’d hoped that when she read that, she’d quit reading over my shoulder, but she didn’t seem embarrassed or anything...
**We’re already fundraising. Anybody wanna buy a coupon book? :-) Kidding...