Okay, I haven’t actually started my leave yet, but I’d like to share this hopefully-not-prophetic imagined entry by my buddy/Words with Friends frenemy, Brian Heidebrecht:
entry, day #1: i am the luckiest mom ever! this summer is going to be incredible. i have so many things planned and the children will be thrilled to have me home and available to fill their days with love & activities!!!!!!!
entry, day #2: oh. my. god. what on EARTH was i thinking????? how can it not be time for school to start up again? it feels like it’s been 3 months already! it’s SO HOT and they are SO NEEDY. how many popsicles do i need to give them just to get TWO SECONDS of quiet time? and where the hell is matty? he said he’d be home by now. where’s the margarita mix? this is going to be a long ass summer…
People ask me this question all the time: when I’m going back for seconds, when I’m grabbing the karaoke microphone, when I’m picking a fight with a large angry woman in line for the bus at Atlantic City at 1 am, and now, when I’m taking the summer off of work.
The short answer is, I’m taking two months off from being a working mom to be a stay-at-home mom. It’s like a maternity leave, but without a newborn.
The long answer is, I’m giving my kids an old-fashioned summer. I’m taking them to the beach, teaching them to swim, letting them splash around in the pool with their cousins, giving them a weekly date with their grandparents, taking them to puppet shows and museums, going letterboxing with them, taking them to the Acton Town Fair and getting them (me) fried dough, and doing whatever else I can think of.
Here’s where I’ll keep track of all the fun. If you can think of anything that should be on our must-do list, please leave me a comment.