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Spring Break(down): Monday Edition

Children, drink your Tang.

Children, drink your Tang.

Well, it’s Spring Break, and, just like last year, I planned accordingly, filling my children’s days with enriching activities that will increase their intelligence and lay important ground work for learning that will last a lifetime    I forgot.

It has been a tough winter. It’s still snowing and doing weird weather things here in New York. I’m perpetually tired. My eyes are as small as tiny dog pee-holes in the snow. My skin has abandoned me. I want to say that it has a “teen” quality to it, and that my skin is “glowing” but that only refers to the explosion of breakout activity, and the hazy glow of redness from three healthy, tumescent pimples that lit my path to work this morning. Beautiful.

But YAY my kids are on vacation when I’m not and well, today, I’m just plain scrambling to figure out how they should spend their days, in between other dumb stuff I’m doing such as “work” and “life” and “more work” and “grocery shopping”.

Of course, I remember how I used to spend Spring Break as a child: memorizing commercial jingles and eating scoop after scoop of Tang, directly from the can. BUT THAT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH ANYMORE THAT WILL NOT FLY. Plus, Tang is officially gross! (subtext: nothing would make me happier right now than a fistful of that orange, powdery deliciousness.)

Whatever. There is value in boredom. But, I will grudgingly admit, there is also value in not being bored.

Here are today’s goals:

1. An art project. Before I left for work today I gave each child an art assignment. My daughter’s was ‘draw me a picture of what you think the American Girl Doll Factory looks like’, and my son’s was ‘draw me a picture of a planet that is all-robots, except for one boy.’ My two year old’s was ‘don’t grab your brother and sister’s artwork and tear it to shreds like you did yesterday, ok?’

2. Reading. I bought them a National Geographic magazine so they could learn more about the illegal Ivory trade. Too much?

3. Bathing. This is not a no-brainer. If left to their own devices my children would literally pickle in their own juices until someone from the sanitation department was called to take them away.

4. Baking me something for when I get home. Always.

5. Thinking about some styles of clothing we can get for the spring that my daughter will actually wear–this is more difficult that it seems at first glance, since at the moment, anything less than pajamas IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE. I keep trying to tell her that children all over the world would feel blessed to have a selection of jeggings to choose from. For some reason, this is falling on deaf ears. What gives.

Those seem healthy and wholesome, and like my children will be amused until about 11:30am.

FINE. I’ll SCHEDULE SOMETHING. Or, at least, think about scheduling something for the summer break well in advance, so that I am not confronted with all of this, except in hot weather, and for longer.

And while I’m at it, maybe I should think about some goals for me. These will include such things as:

Figuring out the future.

Figuring out some ways to get the kids interested in a physical activity other than “walking to a bakery.” (To be fair, that’s my favorite all-time physical activity since it involves not only walking, but also eating baked goods. See? Everyone wins.)

Figuring out the future some more.

I’ll let you know how that one goes.


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