Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Things I have learned since my daughter started Kindergarten

Finally, life is calming down now that my daughter is in school. We are getting settled into a routine which is such a blessing. Life is very different and it has taken awhile to get used to the quietness and time available to finally get stuff done.

The following are a few things I have learned and observed since my daughter Kindergarten:
  • I am thankful for back country roads because making a left turn out of the school parking lot is next to impossible.
  • I am tempted to make a citizens arrest on a few punk teenagers who don't know how to drive on these back roads. That is the side effect of the high school being next to our only elementary school.
  • Most parents are clueless.
  •  I would support uniforms in our schools. My daughter is too much of a diva about clothes and seeing the high school girls in daisy dukes and showing cleavage irritates me as a mother.
  • The old guys who sit at McDonald's in the morning make for interesting entertainment. 
  • There really is such a thing as running into the grocery store and grabbing ONLY what you need and be back in your car within 5 minutes! 
  • The days are not nearly as long as I thought they would be.
  • The perfect time to clean up the inside of my car is when I am waiting in the line to pick her up. It is also the perfect time to pay bills, make phone calls, or play 'Angry Birds'. 
  • I am elated to be without Spongebob Squarepants during the day. Wish you could see my dance of joy for that- it's a little Irish jig with some disco in the mix. 
  • My dogs don't know what to do with themselves when the house is so quiet- so they annoy me more. 
  • Going for walks in the crisp morning while the sun is still rising is priceless. 
  • Attempting to find a job after being home for 6 years is not easy emotionally. 
  • After school is more hectic than I ever imagined since my daughter tries to cram in everything we used to do together during the day into the few hours between school and bedtime.

I'm sure I will learn a lot more as the year goes on, but the changes in life have been interesting.