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Hiding from the Children

December 29, 2011 - Jennifer Brookens
My work is done for the day, yet I'm avoiding going home. I need the break from winter break.

It's so twisted that nearly every other week of the year, I daydream of what it'd be like to spend more time with my children. Yet on Day 4 of winter break, I was already looking forward to a few days of daycare. Then today was a daycare-free day. And Mommy nearly lost her mind.

"I am NOT taking the couch apart to find the Lego head I recovered for you three times already!"

"Stop chasing the cats behind the tree! You already knocked the star off the top!"

"Whaddya mean you're bored?! How can you be bored with oodles of new toys, books and movies in just three days?! And why with all these new toys do you two end up fighting over a cardboard box?!!"

I can't even use my usual winter break threat of, "Knock it off, or I'll throw you both into the snowdrift!" My best threat was putting them out on the porch with a sign that said "Kids for sale." (OK, maybe that was just for The Boy. For that to work with the girl, she'd actually have to change out of her pajamas).

So yes, my time at the office is actually a respite of sorts. I can type or read a story online without an interruption to help look for a Lego head, fix a snack, or program Katy Perry into my daughter's new mp3 player.

Silly thing is I know I shouldn't rush these times through, because once the January doldrums set in, I'll be longing for the days when I could just hang out with the kids... Until they start fighting over something inane and something of value gets destroyed. Ah, parenthood - just can't win sometimes.


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