Game Day – It’s What We Train For
By game day, I’m referring to the first day of school. By training I mean…
Wake up in the morning and stretch from the comfort of a cozy bed. After lazily performing morning ablutions, blissfully saunter to the kitchen for breakfast. It’s a quarter past NOON!
Wile away the rest of the day in pajamas. Engage in the new sport of choice – zoning out in front of the TV. Spend hours in the pool until SPF 45 seems more like barbecue sauce than skin protection. The daily grind – a blurry haze of non academic vegetation and utter slothfulness.
Finally, one week before school resumes, the stern drill sergeant barks out strict orders “Go to bed by 9 pm and be up at 6 am!” Yeah, Right. Go ahead and laugh. This derisive snicker/laughter is on me.
Alarm clocks wail and plead, but the troops will not be marshaled. My own shrieks of annoyance finally pierce the veil of unconsciousness and sleepy teen, pre – teen, and tween stumble down the stairs bleary eyed. After having breakfast and confronting their inability to find something “un – boring” to do, teen falls asleep on the sofa – for several hours, pre teen retires to the computer and tween slinks off to read a book. The next day they revert to the rise at noon schedule. Practice week is an overwhelming flop.
Preparations ramp up the day before the big event. The girls paint their new bedrooms. All supplies and clothes are ready and accounted for. Hair is neatly washed and straightened. Everyone is in bed by – Ooops! – midnight. Exhaustion gives way to oblivion.
EHHHH, Ehhhh, Ehhhhh! I start to the sound of Defcon 5. Three alarm clocks blare at once. One of the alarms was actually set to that Defcon 5 sound – Ehhh Ehhh Ehhh (someone has a sense of humor). My erstwhile vacationers begin to emerge from their rooms. Sheer adrenalin propels them forward. The anticipation of everything new – new school, new teachers, new routines, new friends. Maybe even a little FEAR.
All are fed and sent off on time. The sun rises in the east as usual.
Success? Not yet. The first day of school is like the election process. You don’t declare victory until the last vote is counted. Yes, they got there successfully, but how did the day go?
Fast forward one week. The verdict. Success!!!