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Perspective—One Moore Thing

Here’s the thing: near the end of summer we are so excited for the kids to go back to school and we would do just about anything to have a few minutes of peace and quiet alone. ANYTHING.

We get so clouded by those few moments of drinking coffee while it is still warm with no one asking us what is for breakfast/lunch/dinner/dessert/what are we doing today/tomorrow/Saturday that we almost forget the other part of back to school: the insanity. We run. We drive. We sweat. Everywhere. Every hour when they are not in a classroom. I filled up my gas tank three times last week alone. 

I have four kids at three different schools and all four have different afterschool activities in different cities. It is a two-hour time window/process from the time the first one gets on the bus until the last two do and the same thing repeats in the afternoon and I try to work a full-time job in the space between. My twins get off the bus a little after four, we eat dinner at 4:15 (I know- it’s early even for an early bird special- last night we had oatmeal because nothing really makes sense anymore) and we leave by 4:25 to take my oldest to dance and my two boys play soccer and my other daughter dances so the earliest we get home is 8:30, but twice a week its after nine and it’s just enough time for them to be hungry again (that oatmeal is warm in the crockpot kids). 

I am pretty tired. The laundry is almost touching the ceiling in the laundry room and the last time I remember the kitchen being clean was sometime in August. I try to wrap up work commitments after they are in bed and I try to rise to tie up loose ends or unravel new ones and carve in a little self-care, workout, writing and the most important, caffeine time before they wake up in the morning and between the bus pickups. 

Did I realize the time and location and honestly the pretty significant financial impact that each activity would carry? Oh, absolutely not. But here is the other thing: I signed them up for all of this (yes, they asked me to be signed up for it but still it was me filling out the paperwork). It truly is a circus of my own creation. They certainly aren’t writing the checks for it. And I’ve said no to plenty of other things but these are their chosen sports and they are only allowed to do one at a time so these are the yesses. I said yes. And it is not very likely that when they are 16 years old that they will suddenly want to try a sport that they have never tried before so the time to find the activity that keeps them both emotionally and physically strong is now. There can be a time window to what we fall in love with and go after that helps provide those memories that we so happily look back on after those high school days. So, I need to embrace the chaos of it all (but occasionally I will need to vent about it). 

One day not too far from now my oldest will be able to drive herself to dance. She’s a freshman in high school and the days and nights to talk to her about her day in the passenger seat are present and omnipotent now, but they are fleeting. The older they become the faster the time seems to slip through us. I’m in the deep space of instilling roots while surrendering their wings to spread. I want to reverse but have no choice but to drive forward. One day all of the laundry will be done (maybe). One day there won’t be practice. One day there won’t be Saturday morning games. One day there won’t be weekend competitions or evening recitals. One day dinner won’t happen at 4:15 and again at 9. One day the passenger seat will be empty. 

For now, life happens in the car. And I will try to carry that perspective until the day that it no longer does. 

And a bonus, leftover oatmeal becomes breakfast the next morning. 

We’ve got this.

Katie has a new book out that is a collection of quotes and mic drops to embrace your inner warrior. “Girl Power” is available now on Amazon and is the perfect gift for all the warriors in your world. You can find out more details and book signing info on her instagram @katieyackleymoore. Endless thanks for reading. Xo

To read more blogs by Katie Moore click here.

MooreFam SKatie Yackley Moore is a freelance writer, real estate agent, yoga instructor and a momma of four navigating life and a separation and finding herself in the process. She adores coffee shops, laughing until it hurts and impromptu dance parties. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and HuffPost Parents. She has published a journal entitled “Dream a Bigger Dream” and the children’s books “You Are a Warrior” and “We are Family” and just finished her first novel. Catch up with her between tea breaks at The Naked Momma and on Facebook.

 

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