Sunday, August 26, 2007

Confessions of a bad mother

I love my children. I really do.

They're beautiful, talented, pretty hilarious, good company and all that.

But tomorrow is...

The first day of school!

The day that all bad mothers like me begin to pine for about halfway through the summer. The day that I may just catch my breath.


The day that it will be just me and him...



So that's it. I'm a shameful member of the bad mother's club. And to all of my fellow bad mothers (you know who you are!), take heart, come out of hiding and fess up!

You're not alone.

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ADDENDUM... well, so much for enjoying my first day of school. I just dropped my boys off and watched them march bravely into their first American school, and promptly bawled my eyes out! I'm a wreck!

12 comments:

Carol said...

I looked forward to the first day of school for the past 16 years. But now... now I'm realizing that next year at this time THREE of my four children will be flying to coop, off to college, leaving us alone.

Next year at this time I'll be teary-eyed as the "kids" go off to school. I am most certainly NOT looking forward to that!

Farfallina - Roam 2 Rome said...

Being a mom is just hard! I don't have children but I take care of my sibling's children while they work... of course, I work too! but since I work from home... I have my nieces and nephews more than their parents!

I love them dearly, but I look forward to their start of school, too!

Isn't this the first year that your children attend American schools?

In bocca al lupo!

Brillig said...

What??? No. I'm shocked I can hardly belie....

Yah, okay. You caught me. I'm with ya. :-)

Karenkool said...

That is one CUTE dog!!

I must say--I LOVE the summer and I don't want to see it go, even if it means that I will have some glorious time to myself, as the kids head off to school. I just feel a sense of anxiety in the preparation for school and the transition... (am I alone?). And I have NO IDEA how those *^#$%@# boys are ever going to wake up in time for the bus at 7:30 AM. That probably stresses me out the most... more than having them around the house sleeping until 2 PM. haha

Anyway--enjoy your much awaited alone time with butch? or is it fito? or fifi? fufu?

Rebecca said...

so - summer holdays are over, eh? That's because we in the Southern hemisphere are taking back our sun. Ha - it's OUR turn.

and you know, because we are just far more sensible down under - our new scool year starts at the same time as the new calender year! ;)

enjoy your child free tomorrow.

Rebecca said...

although I can't actually vouch for the efficacy of our education system, considering I can't even spell skool.

jennifer said...

Carol- I don't even want to go there yet!
Hi farfallina- yes, this is my kids first day of American school. They actually feel incredibly cool!
Brillig- and I thought you were a saint...
Karen- My excitement is partially due to the fact that I will have alone time (to work, but working alone is surely easier than with kids underfoot), and the fact that I adore the fall.
Rebecca- I can't spell either, and I actually write for a living!

See... I can already feel fall in th air with children in school. I have the time and energy to answer everyone's comments!

jennifer said...

LUCKY- that's our dog's name!

jen said...

amen to that, sister.

anno said...

hmmmm..... between sick days, in-service days, holidays, and randomly assigned days off, I feel like I get more autonomy (and longer stretches of time to myself) when my daughter is at home, and I look forward to our lack of schedule during the summer. But then she's pretty quiet and self-entertaining.

Now, if I could get my husband to go into the office...

anno said...

Hope everyone has a wonderful first day back to school!

Jen said...

Awe... huge hugs! And it's so hard for them switching schools, too.

I hope you can start enjoying the solitude, though. And what an adorable dog!