I worked a bunch last week - for me, anyway. Thirty-seven hours, including my first twelve-hour night shift in almost a decade.
I had a lot of fun (minus the mind-numbing part at about 4:00 a.m. in which I lose the ability to put together a sentence that makes sense). I love the families I get to work with, and I'm getting the ol' confidence back more with each day. But for someone who's been out of the [PAID] workforce a VERY long time (whose family has almost doubled in size, and whose activities have exploded exponentially in that time), it puts a whole new meaning on the word "fatigue!"
My training is over, though, so from here on out, I should just be doing my little Monday gig.
We are not very organized (apparently), so we had some kinks. Dennis was totally awesome - running carpool for me on the days I worked, cooking - even doing laundry when I slept off my night shift Saturday (I use the term "slept" loosely. Can anyone really sleep when there are six people awake on the other side of my door?). No matter how hard we planned, something went wrong every.single.day I worked. Forgotten papers, lost shin guards/jerseys/shoes. Overlooked items on the calendar (oops!).
However...on the whole, I think it was good for my family to pull itself up by the bootstraps and see what they could do without Mom there to rescue them for a while.
What a revelation!
...rooms can get cleaned!
...rides can be obtained!
...items can be found (or done without)!
...meals can be cooked!
I LOVE being at home, and I love serving my family, but I do believe there are things my kids CAN do that I have (by default) been doing for them "because I'm home." It's been a good exercise to have to ask them to chip in - not just because it's good for them, but because I NEED HELP! I hate to say that maybe they took me for granted sometimes, but, well, they took me for granted sometimes.
(I also realized how much I took Dennis for granted - not realizing how exhausting it is to be gone and suddenly be attacked by children, activities, needs, etc. And how much it means to a tired soul when someone actually cooks dinner!)
So all that to say, I've missed you all! The hardest part of all this is having NO INTERNET ACCESS at work!! But I hope to get back into things here in blogland in the next few days.
What have I missed?