A Head Start on the Day?

After a few false starts and intentional ignorings of my alarm, I rose before the children needed to with the intent to get a head start on the day.

The idea sounded great last night -you know, during that time I looked over the laundry, paper bills and tax forms, dishes, laundry, to-do list, messy tables, dishes, incomplete homework, laundry, cluttered floors, dirty toilets, almost-sleeping children, and more laundry and dishes- and told myself that I could go to sleep and address it all tomorrow.

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An old picture, but somehow still applicable.

I neglected to recall how tired I am when I first rise.

So, yawning, here I sit, cursing my mental state, for not recalling that I’d need a day to fully wake. I can see why people drink coffee. I think. I’m actually not experiencing much clarity of thought yet.

True, I shouldn’t need much ‘clarity of thought’ to just do dishes or sort laundry. The problem with that is that I’ve pretty much run out of tricks. I’ve tried bribes, calm reasoning, yelling, and reverse psychology; but I just can’t convince myself to do the housework.

No matter what, I know two things: there will never be an end, and there will be more after that.

So, yawning, here I -oh, I already said that. Sorry; tired mom brain.

What’s a dead-brained mother to do? The toilets? Maybe after breakfast, I suppose. If nothing else gets done during this Magic Quiet Hour, I at least got some writing in.

And (don’t tell) some chocolate.

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Photo by Levi Bare on Unsplash


14 thoughts on “A Head Start on the Day?

    1. Ah, thanks Len. I’ve been thinking I need a walk. I often can’t convince myself to go because I know I have to come back to it -but it’s true that walking clears my head and I’ll have the mess anywhere I choose to go.

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  1. It’s tricky this, as I’m the only member of this family who wakes with a ‘ping’. I know, I know: it sucks. Talk to Mrs LP. She’s made it clear that if I even think of indulging myself in asking a question to which a grunt will not suffice as an answer then I know where the toilets are to flush my head. So I can do what you can’t and I get how that is a bum. I’ve seen the buminess of it in action as Mrs LP gets children ready for school while I leap astride my bike and leave for the office with a cheery, ‘Have a good day’ . Their faces glower back at me, various shades of hatred pouring forth. Back then – one day you will be able to say ‘back then;’ just believe it – people comment on how hard my job as a City lawyer had to be, all those tense meetings, the travel, the responsibility. And I would think of those sour faces, dragged from their bed-wombs too soon and shake my head. No, hard is being forced to be a morning person – all that other stuff is just so much sucking sherbet…

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    1. 😀 I’m certain city-lawyering was difficult as well!

      Running the household at home is just such a different muscle group to exercise, one that is surprisingly draining, hurts during and afterwards, and doesn’t leave one with any health benefits (though, hopefully, leaves the house and children with a few).

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      1. Your role is the most under appreciated by society. Say ‘lawyer’ and people see furrowed brows and negotiations and big contracts and lots of important stuff. They don’t see the staring into spaces, the meaningless chats, the water cooler hours, the wasted minutes, the popping out of the office for a bit of air. I’d package up 10 hours of my day, say I’m lawyering and get respect. Package up the 23 hours of mom at home (I’ll give you one hour off, somewhere or other) that covers about 30 different jobs and people focus on something mundane like the peanut butter sarnie making and not everything else. At no stage did I need to worry about my staff and colleagues health and welfare – others did that. No lives were ever at risk because I was distracted. Not like your guys. So hats of to moms at home. The only reason you don’t get proper respect is because you’re not directly paid in greenbacks for what you do.

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      2. Thanks, Geoff. The whole ‘proper respect’ issue is one I still can’t put my finger on. I think it has to do with the low barrier to entry that other jobs (like janitor) get the snub for as well.
        And, you’re right: I romanticize the occupation of a lawyer and do not ever see the boring parts.

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