If you have school-age kids then you probably know that this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Meaning that there is just one more thing you have to remember to add to your insanely busy schedule. Don't get me wrong - I have the utmost respect for teachers and completely appreciate all that they do - I just do not have a spare moment to throw another task into the mix of my hectic daily shuffle. [Incidentally, apparently some teachers don't even really want parents to jump thru all these hoops anyway] But, like I always do, I found a way to squeeze this in and last night, after a fantastically-fun night on the town with the DC Metro Moms crew and Chef Spike, I headed to the grocery store at 10pm (yes, insanity) to pick up breakfast items for Chatterbox's teachers to enjoy this morning.
As luck would have it, Chatterbox woke up with a runny nose and cough (no fever, phew!) so we decided to keep her home. I have a big day at work today so I was rushing to get ready -- appreciative of the fact that I did not have to wrestle Chatterbox into her school clothes, coerce her to eat more than a crumb of her breakfast and check her backpack -- when I realized "Oh crap! I'm supposed to send the breakfast stuff with the nanny when she dropped Chatterbox to school!" So much for that plan since I wasn't going to ask the nanny to lug three kids all the way to school to take the food when no one was actually going to school today.
And so the initial calmness of the morning was short-lived. I tried calling the other parent who was organizing the breakfast to see if we could postpone until tomorrow, but she had already bought her items and they were donuts and bagels that really wouldn't keep until tomorrow. So, hubby and I flew out of the house as soon as the nanny arrived, drove the opposite way of work in traffic to drop off the fruit salad and juice to the school (where the teacher was SUPER thankful, by the way) and drove back to our metro station to start the lengthy commute to the city.
Now I know why I always feel disheveled and harried by the time I get to work.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!