As I do most weekday afternoons, I went to the school today to pick up my sweet, adorable kids (read: urchins).
I went to the 5yo’s classroom – but he wasn’t there. Huh… Turns out he’d been sent to the After Care room, for disturbing the class during reading time with two of his friends. Great.
Went to the 9yo’s classroom – and she came out with thumb-holes CUT into her sleeves, creating fingerless gloves OUT OF HER SHIRT. Really??
Thinking that just maybe the kids (read: little monsters) had some wild and crazy energy that needed to be worked out of their systems (obviously), I took them to the park, even though it’s cold enough that it’s snowing off and on here. Good Mama points, right?
Within FIVE MINUTES – I kid you not – they were going at each other, kicking each other’s shins like they were practicing Muay Thai* in an MMA cage fight (!!!). Can you HEAR the blood vessels at my temple THROBBING??
Anyway, though I’ve been cursing Ben Franklin and his whole “Daylight Savings Time” dealy-bob that has all of our sleep patterns completely out of whack (and there’s nothing okay about messing with a toddler’s – or a Mama’s – sleep patterns), I’m thinking that maybe it’s not such a bad idea after all. I’m thinking that we could, you know, just “Spring Ahead” an hour… TODAY…
Just to get me a bit closer to wine time, ‘cuz it’s looking a long long long long long way off.
*For those of you who don’t follow Mixed Martial Arts (What?? You don’t follow UFC?? Well, neither do I, yet, but I read a very entertaining book about a month or so ago by Matthew Polly – “Tapped Out” – that just might make me a fan), Muay Thai kickboxers often condition their shins using various methods, sometimes by kicking hard objects, but always with the intent of hardening the bones to make them more resistant to blows from other fighters. Though my kids DO take Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, their martial arts experience hasn’t yet covered kickboxing, shin conditioning, or the rudiments of Beating The Daylights out of Each Other.