Can you feel it? Bearing down on you, making you feel uneasy, causing heart palpitations? Yes, it’s the return of routine my friends. The carefree days of summer are gone and the kids are back at school, racing for the bus in the morning, followed by daily doses of homework, not to mention projects that require your complete involvement, and getting them back on a regular sleep schedule. And for the love, don’t forget the extra-curricular activities. It’s enough to make a grown woman weep. At least this grown woman.
I, for one, think routine sucks. Yes, I’ll be slightly relieved to see the backsides of my little darlings on the first day of school. After a whole summer in which I only sent them to one summer camp, I’m ok admitting that I’m running out of things to amuse them. They are also annoying me. A lot. I love them so, so much but if I hear “There’s nothing to do” one more time, I may run away from home. Having someone else teach them for a few hours a day is a small silver lining. Very small. (I actually gave serious consideration to home-schooling my children at one point and still play around with it occasionally.) Also, don’t mistake my disdain of routine as a hate for Autumn. I’m a lover of all seasons, it’s just unfortunate that routine consumes 3 of the 4.
Routine is defined as follows: regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, or rote procedure. Doesn’t that sound exciting? Of course it doesn’t! It’s awful and that is the next ten months in a nutshell. Zzzzzzzzzz.
So, I cope. I create meal plans, I use my calendar, I get as much done as I can while the kids are at school, I plan, plan, plan. By doing so, it allows for moments of complete randomness. It means we can sometimes break out of the routine and do the unusual.
How do you feel about routine? Love it or hate it?