I wasted a lot of time this morning trying to gather all of the First Day Of School photos from years past because today is…can you guess? THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! And I wanted to tear up a little walking down memory lane.
I have one kid grown with a real job who might not even get up early today because his off days are Sunday and Monday. I have one kid starting 7th grade and one kid starting 5th grade. I will get them to/from today and then hit the road back to Knoxville and just cross my fingers that the rest of the week goes well for them. It is very weird that I’m going to be gone most of this week, don’t I need to be here to make sure everything goes okay?
No. The answer is, No.
One thing this adventure of spending half of every week out of town has taught me is that: My family functions JUST FINE without me.
I mean, they miss me and want me here, obviously. But they figure out ways to feed themselves even if I’m not here to cook. (Mostly frozen burritos.) They remember to brush their teeth most days. They take the dog out. They do laundry. (At least Donnie does his.) They survive without me keeping everything together and organized and while this is a very NICE discovery – it is also a little depressing, if I’m being honest.
I AM SORRY I WANT MY FAMILY TO COLLAPSE WITHOUT ME.
They’ll be fine. Lots of balls have been dropped and deadlines have been missed during the last 4 months of my travels, but nothing that we can’t repair and honestly? I dropped a lot of balls and missed a lot of deadlines even when I WAS here so I can’t really complain too much.
First day of school. My family will be fine this week without me.
Even if I sometimes wish they weren’t.