Come on Spring, Get Here Already
What is it about the change in weather that drains my energy and pumps up my kids?
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I’m a busy mom. It’s no secret. In fact, most people ask me how I do it all. I manage a household, a business, a non-profit. I cook, clean, write. I balance a budget, do taxes, and change poopy diapers. How do I do it all? I have no earthly idea, but it’s certainly not for a lack of time. Despite the many hats I wear, I still manage to find ways to be fairly unproductive with my time.
Take rainy days for instance. I don’t know if it’s the cloudy skies or the dreary chill in the air, but there’s something about a rainy day that throws me right into autopilot. I don’t even bother to get dressed. I simply crawl onto the couch with my laptop and a giant cup of coffee. Ear plugs in. Hulu on. Motivation gone.
Granted we haven’t had many rainy days of late, but we certainly have had our share of snow days, which by all calculations are even worse. Not only am I completely drained of all semblance of motivation, but the kids are hopped up on all kinds of adrenaline. All I want to do is catch up on my missed shows and they’re ready to literally bounce off walls. By day’s end, I’m waving the white flag, begging to surrender.
Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly a happy camper when schools were delayed yet again Tuesday morning. I was even less happy when they went ahead and canceled them. I’m pretty sure, though this is not a true scientific analysis, that my kids have either been delayed or off school more in the month of January then they actually attended. I know for a fact that has been the case for my three year old as they cancel the preschool if schools are even delayed by one hour.
That’s a whole lot of motivation draining for mommy and an incredible amount of adrenaline pumping for the kids. I’m exhausted and we’re only one month into the year. We’ve had no major Snowmageddon- like storms and yet I’ve never been more ready for spring.
So how are you guys faring the weather? The changes in schedule? The absence from school? Work? I actually think it would be easier to take if there were four feet of snow outside. I don’t know. It seems more justified.
Here’s the bottom line, and this is a hard one to swallow. I have no control over the weather or the school system or my kid’s ability to retain vast amounts of energy. What I can control is my attitude and the way I chose to react to said situations. So let’s just hope I chose the higher road.