Heat Wave: Here's How We're Keeping Cool!Christine Coppa
Jersey, like much of the country, is experiencing an intense heat wave. For the past couple of days JD and I have been keeping cool in the movie theater (Monsters U was awesome!), hobby shop, reading and playing in the AC— and swimming in our pool with friends. Oh, and eating lots of ice pops!
Yesterday, I dropped JD off at camp and rushed back to my condo to work on a fashion story for a national magazine and grade work for the online class I’m teaching. I had a full plate and thank God, JD had camp.
After 4 days of mommy and me time—I admittedly needed the break (JD goes to summer camp 3x a week and chills with me 2x a week).
It was cool in my apartment. My ice coffee was delicious and I was in the work groove—of course with a load of laundry washing on the side and music playing in the background and sun spots on the rug—perfect, right?
Just as I was stepping away to make a salad for lunch, my cell rang displaying JD’s teacher’s name—not the school.
“Why are you calling me?” is how I answered the phone. (We have this kind of relationship.)
Turns out, the heat wave knocked out the power at the school and surrounding areas and they had to close ASAP. There were no lights, AC, or fridges and it was against the law to keep the kids there. Obv. Yet annoying.
I had so much work to do and really needed quiet, peaceful time, but I had no choice—I retrieved my cherub. He was super excited to see me SO early. “Mommy, what are we doing today????” he said jumping into my arms.
Hmmmm, well mommy needs to write an article, grade work, fold laundry, pay bills and pitch her editor some new ideas, I thought.
Back at home, we ate lunch together. I simply opened up JD’s lunch box and handed him the sandwich I packed (there was a cold pack in there). I ended up eating carrots and hummus. Then I compromised: Play with your cars, while mommy does a ½ hour of work and then I’ll take you somewhere magical. Jazz hands!
He was sold.
A half-hour later, we were at the library getting JD his very own card! JD read me a story (so proud!) and picked out a book to bring home. We signed up for the summer reading program, too. Every week, we add up how many books JD and I read. We return to the library for a prize and ice cream voucher. At the end of the summer, the child who read the most books, wins something!
Knowing I couldn’t work with my little intern in tow, we killed time running errands at Target and lounged in the cool Starbucks area. I had unsweetened green tea lemonade. JD had a cake pop and apple juice. We picked up some random things and new Twistables (crayons) and paper.
Back at home again, I told JD to draw while I checked emails. I was done writing until JD went to bed. I couldn’t focus. And I felt bad … And I wanted to chill!
After 20-minutes of emails we just went to the pool and floated around.
JD went to bed at 8:30 PM. I taught my online class from 9 to 10 PM. Did some writing and watched The Sopranos.
It’s tough being a working parent when something like this happens. You really have no choice but to get your kid or find someone to help you. There’s was no one around to stage a rescue yesterday. Luckily, I was working from home. And ya know what? It was a great day with my little boy—a gift! And I still got my piece into my editor! Ah, now just waiting on those edits. Da-da-da!
How are you holding up in the heat? XOXO