It’s funny…by now you’d think I would realize that I am a writer. After so many years of keeping this space, and writing for pleasure and work, it is in my bones. Writing helps me to bring clarity and intention into my life, and yet when things get hectic, my writing often falls to the wayside. Writing down my thoughts last week helped to bring such clarity to our current situation…well that, and the wonderfully supportive comments and emails I received. Several readers asked the question, “Is there something that you could do to ease your schedule?” When I sat with that question, I realized that the answer was a huge, resounding “YES!”
Vik started preschool this year and it has been a difficult transition. He is only 3 years old, yet he is an independent, mature child. He attended summer camp this past summer and absolutely loved it. So we figured he was ready for school, although we didn’t start his brother until he was almost 4. It turned out to be a situation that wasn’t a good fit for Vik. Vik is extremely chill, and the wild class environment wasn’t at all suited to his personality. He would begin crying the night before school, and wake up in tears. And this is a child that isn’t prone to crying. Coupled with the fact that I work on Tuesday and Thursday, the two days that Vik is in school, which meant that I didn’t see him for the entire day, it was clear that the school situation was causing undue stress. And so we pulled him out last week. The decision was so clear, and the relief was so instantaneous. Now, two mornings a week we have nowhere to be and the three of us- myself, Vijay and Vik- have unstructured time together before I go to work at noon. It has been the biggest blessing.
Thank you for being here…and thank you for gently voicing your support and asking the tough questions. Isn’t it funny that sometimes a very obvious solution might be hiding in plain sight? We are still adjusting to this new schedule, and there will still be moments of stress, but gaining those precious hours with my boys gave me renewed energy to tackle this season with positivity and thankfulness, starting with a huge 5th birthday celebration this past weekend!!