School starts next week, which means the sudden return to schedules, routines, lunch bags, homework, practices and games. Don’t get me wrong, I love it all. Well, except for the making lunches part, that is one of those tasks that I completely over-estimate in my mind and that for some reason always seems far more difficult that it really ever turns out to be.
But first, one last hurrah of summer. My friend and I have a tradition of taking our boys away for a few days of mother/son camping as the last thing we do before school starts. Just the moms. Just the boys. We love the one-on-one time with our guys, getting dirty, cooking out, being free of distractions, chucking most of the rules, except the ones that preserve our safety, and well, just soaking in the last bits of summer.
So, I am trying to pack, get all the items on my half of the food list, make sure we have the essentials and nothing more. Ok, a few glamping items are on my list, I must admit.
I am running around thinking I am quite busy, and so efficient in my planning, but I soon realize that as I go to switch the laundry, I remember I need the flashlight; so I go to the cabinet to grab it, when I realize it probably needs batteries. So, I turn to add that to my list when I see that I need to buy the hot dog buns, which jogs my mind that I need to pack the sausage we have in the fridge. When I open the fridge, it dawns on me to check to see if I have a bag of edamame in the freezer, or if I need to buy that. Which of course reminds me that I need to be sure to pack clean underwear and a toothbrush for my kiddo. Edamame to underwear. Somehow, I know you follow. And yes, I do realize this is more for my sake than his.
So, do I finish the laundry or run to the store first? Or should I throw in the laundry, find the flashlight, pack the underwear, charge the camera battery and then head to the store? I need to think about it but while I think, I will take a nap. Or do I take a nap, and then think about it? Or do I throw in the laundry, then take a nap after plugging in the camera battery and checking my list one more time? One thing I do know, I am not the only one who suffers from this…
See you all in a few. While I am away, please remember to change your underwear and buy the hot dog buns. Oh wait, that’s on my list.