Spring Break has such a nice ring to it. After all, it's meant to be a break from school, work, and our busy lives. And it's supposed to happen in the spring, when it's warm and sunny and green. This week is spring break for our region, but I can assure you there is no real break for Mom, and it is definitely not looking or feeling like spring here either.
Part of the problem for our family is that there is no school for most of our children, but not all of them. And while there are no classes in session at the local university, that doesn't mean there is no work for my husband. And on the farm, there is truly no vacation, especially now as sheep and goats are having babies. That means leaving the area to travel to a warmer climate is a challenge, to say the least.
Additionally, as all you mothers know, this week might mean a vacation from school for the kiddos, but it's certainly no vacation from the regular household chores for Mom. And when it comes to chauffeuring children to and from their activities and interests, spring break simply means that job goes from being part-time to a full-time position.
While it's nice to not have to get up at 5:30 or 6 each morning to help them get ready for school and see them out the door, the rest of the day I feel like I am at their disposal. Their excitement and hopes are high for what fun things this spring break week will bring them. Many of their friends' families have taken this opportunity to go to Disney World, or the Caribbean, or Europe. The ones that remain at home are making plans to get together with friends for sleepovers, playdates, or trips to the movies. My teens are hoping for shopping excursions and jaunts to the DMV to take their driver's test. My younger ones want to stop at the ice cream parlors or the park and spend time with their little nephew. I'm trying to use this week to squeeze in sports physicals, dentist appointments, and vet appointments so they're not missing any school or extracurricular activities to get these things accomplished. Plus, unbeknownst to me, even though some of the schools are on break, that doesn't mean there is a break from sports practices. So every day I am still driving thirty-five miles one way to take my two track participants to their two different schools at two different times for training.
Since Sunday we've driven to Church, a sporting goods store to buy new running shoes, a birthday party, a Mexican restaurant and a bookstore so a child could buy some art books, grocery stores three times, the doctor's office, the schools numerous times, the carwash, a craft store, a creamery, the dentist's office, the gas station, the dry cleaners to pick up a prom gown, and TJ Maxx so we could look for shoes to match the prom gown. So far the rest of the week involves trips to our son's house to pick up and return our grandson, more trips to the schools, dropping off a child at a sleepover 45 minutes away, picking up the same child at a sleepover 45 minutes away, a trip to the DMV, dropping off and picking up a goat at the veterinarian's, a possible playdate with friends who are also stuck at home on spring break, and possibly driving to the church again to help sell pierogies on Friday and then back to the church again for a rehearsal for Stations of the Cross on Saturday. That's just what I know of now. It's subject to change.
I should have set my odometer on our SUV to track just how many miles we're putting on it this week. It's probably more than most of the domestic vacations we would have considered.
Does anyone else out there feel that spring break is not all that it's cracked up to be?