I've been singing in my head wake me up when September ends because this month has been crazy, and here it is, almost over. Of course, I don't see October slowing down significantly. Wake me up when October ends. I've been busy in a silly kind of way, with things that are not terribly important world-wide but are kind of important in my world, and so I'm like a hummingbird on speed. Vrrrrooooooooommmmm. My husband asked, plaintively, if I could possibly start sleeping in a little later than 4:30 am and I realized I have turned into a boring sort of person who says things like "But I have to bake macarons and write about it and I have to call all these people for the silent auction and I want to wash all the sheets and clean the bathroom and I need to get the agenda posted for the SC/PA meeting and..." and by the time I say "bake macarons" he has tuned out from my dull monologue. I'm even boring myself, just writing this.
But oh! There have been a number of other things happening this week, other than school council meetings and baked goods. Today was the Terry Fox run and I was a little worried about it since it was 4 degrees this morning and Jake called me from school to ask to come home yesterday afternoon, which has never happened. He has a cold, that's all, but for him it presents as red, watery eyes and the kind of misery that goes along with not being able to see anything as a result. He seems okay today and is back to class; in any case, my husband reminded me that being able to perform and work while not feeling 100% is actually a very useful life skill. It is, isn't it? It's not like we can call it a day every time we have the sniffles, and spend the day lying on the couch eating cinnamon toast and watching terrible daytime television. It's probably good that kids learn to suck it up, buttercup, at least when it's something minor and not a FEVER or BARFING or something gross and contagious, in which case I always keep the kids home.
We've been having many what do you want to be when you grow up conversations lately, and I am telling you, it's very entertaining. The main goal in this mercenary household is to be wealthy, or, more specifically, to "Make more money than you, Dad, and get a nicer car." That would be my eight year old talking, who has decided he wants to be a trader. Given his math skills and his generally dickish attitude, I think this would be an excellent career choice for him. Mark wants to be an engineer, which he is also very well suited for. He has what I fondly think of as an engineering personality; those of you who know any engineers will know exactly what I mean, I think. This is the part where I'm supposed to say, passionately, that I just want them to be happy, which is true, of course, but I do think a person is happiest when pursuing a solid career, and so I will continue to cheer on their engineering/ trading/ finance interests while doling out more math worksheets.
When I was a child I wanted to be a concert pianist and/ or a great theatre actress; I ended up with two economics degrees and working on a trade floor as a quantitative analyst. What I did not envision was my current career, at least this week, of being an old-timey dentist. I have been pulling out a lot of teeth in the past seven days, just like one of those dentists in the wild west, except with a decided lack of whiskey. The kids have suddenly developed two things: an alarming number of loose teeth and a complete lack of patience with said loose teeth. I'm getting really good at pulling them out, I have to say. Wham, bam, tooth out. And then there's the little issue of payment. In lieu of my husband donning a tutu and a wand with a tooth on it, he simply doles out whatever change he has in his pockets when he gets home. This led to Mark's receipt of nearly $5 in change for a molar. I heard him telling a friend this, who lamented that HE only gets $2 a tooth, to which I said gently - because I didn't want anyone to feel bad or anyone to whom I have given birth to be boasting - that case was just because that was what Dad happened to have in his pocket. To which the little friend said "His Dad? The Tooth Fairy brings me the money." Mark gave me the wide eyed, raised eyebrow look I usually give to the children for such verbal slipups, and later said to me, sharply, that his friend still believed in the Tooth Fairy and I shouldn't have said anything at all.
Parents. We just don't understand.