Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Geek Mom Priorities

Today is the first day of school and for the first time both my kids are there for the whole day.  No more running back and forth for different schedules.  All day, every day they're going to be in the same place.  I have been looking forward to this all summer.  Okay, not true.  I've been looking forward to this for, um, years to be honest.  It's a lot of hard work taking care of kids and there are times when you think the day will never come when they'll both be in school all day and you'll be able to drink your coffee while it's hot and eat lunch in peace.  Today was that day, and as happy as I was this morning to drop them off, I suddenly realized how much I'm going to miss them while I was making lunch.

I think this struck me at lunch because, as I put together my sandwich in my nice, quiet kitchen, I didn't have anyone underfoot trying to take the Star Wars sandwich cutters out of the cabinet.  We only came across these at Williams-Sonoma a few weeks back and they have become the highlight of lunchtime and a source of constant debate.  Will they both be the Falcon?  Will they both be a TIE Fighter?  Will they each pick a different ship so they can pretend to chase each other across the table with half-eaten bits of sandwich until I tell them to stop?  These were the kinds of questions we faced every day, but not today.

After lunch I sat down in my living room to write and was struck by the lack of noise in the background.  You learn to tune out a lot as a parent.  The ability to completely block the sounds of random play but still pick out the cry of a real injury over the whine of just-trying-to-get-your-sister-in-trouble is a finally honed skill.  Today, there were no imaginary dragons being slain by sword-wielding, spell-casting little girls in my living room.  There was no raging debate over which direction in DeathSpank was the right one, no pleading to keep up the pace in Lego Harry Potter.  Today, it was so quiet I heard the mailman open and close the mailbox at the end of the driveway.

I do admit that I've gotten more done in this one day than I can usually manage in a week.  The lack of interruption or need for argument moderation has been a welcome relief.  But, alas, I miss my two Little Geeks.  Their absence means I don't have anyone to play with now.  Sonic Racing is not as fun without the taunting of my children.  I never win, but I still love to try.  And creating the most awesome roller coaster ever in Thrillville is just not as thrilling without the kids to witness the event.  So, as I sit waiting for the time when I can pick them up from school, I've been making plans.  We will not open their school bags to tackle the truckload of first day paperwork for me to review right away.  Instead, we are going to bake Star Wars cookies, build a fort in the living room and break out a game or two.  I've got my Geek Mom Priorities firmly in order.


  1. Ha! I just picked up the Star Wars pancake molds and cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma about 5 hours ago. I've got a little Han Solo turning 6 in two weeks. Literally 5 minutes ago I crawled out of the attic with the Millenium Falcon and Darth Vader's Tie Fighter...I've been waiting 30 years to pass them on...

  2. I wish I still had my Star Wars toys but they are sadly long gone. I loved that TIE Fighter, with the wings that shot off and, if aimed properly could smack someone in the head. Not that I'd ever do that, but, you know, you could...

  3. Yep, that's the one thing from my childhood that I really hung on to...still have a lot of the boxes too. Last Xmas, the boy got my old X-wing, regular Tie Fighter and a "Darth Vader head" full of figures. I've got my old metal Star Wars lunchbox, and he starts Kindergarten on Tuesday...but I'm not sure you're allowed to have metal lunchboxes anymore.

  4. I had a metal Star Wars lunchbox, blue with Threepio and Artoo...my Mom may still have that one somewhere!

  5. My 2 year old came home from nursery the other day and asked to watch "Scar Wars" and wanted to sit with daddy's "light saver" while watching. If only Williams-Sonoma shipped overseas.

  6. Oh, that's absolutely adorable! You know, I bet you'll be calling it Scar Wars and light savers because that's so funny. Then, someday when your little one is 12 he'll be asking why!


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