1. Kids getting sick. Last month, one of the twins woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me she felt sick and was going to throw up. As you can imagine, this was not happy news. One sick kid, and an hour later, I was mostly back to sleep. The next morning, I saw I had missed this SOS text after midnight.
Maybe she's seen a little too much texting in our house?
2. Hard homework. Now this may not be completely true, but it's pretty close. The most difficult homework usually comes when we have three different places we have to be, no time to eat dinner, and I had planned on the earliest possible bedtime. That's when I'll hear Mom, I have to build a ship out of a milk carton by tomorrow morning. Or, can you help me do math that you haven't thought of in 20 years and after you relearn it, I'll tell you my teacher said we can't do it that way and burst into tears! I just can't get on the homework train anymore. I'm losing brain cells daily. My fifth grader asked if there are seven continents and I couldn't decide. I mean, they did change the number of planets since I was in school. Did they reclassify any continents?
3. Snow days...need I say more? No matter when it happens, Dad will be headed to California, while I wait to see if school will be in session.
4. Car accidents. I have a 16 year old son who recently got his license. Since then, I've been holding my breath for the first few seconds of every phone call waiting for him to say something went wrong. Two weeks ago, I got that call. Mom? I have some bad news. I kind of got in a little fender bender after practice. Thankfully, everyone was fine. But, my husband had just left for five days. So I spent a lot of time learning about insurance and police reports. Hopefully, I don't have to use my new-found knowledge ever again!
Do you have a husband that travels? Does it seem like the flat tires, broken air conditioning systems, and ER visits all take place when he's gone? The silver lining is that I appreciate him all the more when he's home!