Here’s a snapshot of overloaded kids FOLLOWING lessons: (Friday Afternoon)
MOM: “Shiloh, Get ready for swimming. Your towel is folded into your knapsack…. Math Club reminder. Your cubic folder is on top of your cups. (athletic protector), and grab your Ukelele for choir. (The private school purchased 150 ukeleles, so each over-booked kid got one)
“Honey, your fanny pack has three snacks separately wrapped and labeled. They should last you until Ian’s mom swings by for soccer. Grab your cleats, shin guards, and uniform, please.
“Benedict’s dad should be parked behind the goal posts to take you both to horseback riding. Pack the saddle and riding boots.
“And put your snorkeling gear on top of your dresser for tomorrow, before Swim Meet and Soccer Play-offs.
Lila, the older sister, had tennis lessons, breast stroke, harmonica ensemble and miscellaneous. Mom doubled on all instructions, hardware, software, everything short of making sure the kid’s head was screwed on tight.
“Don’t forget, Monica’s mom will be parked next to the coach’s BMW, so be ready to pack in the harmonica after swimming. Your bathing suit and cap are tucked under your seaweed snacks.
“Set aside your tennis balls and racket for tomorrow along with your fins, goggles, and inhalers for scuba diving. Be sure to tell coach Bob when you stop breathing.”
So what about piano? I didn’t hear anything about time to practice reminders?
Mom had a NOTE on her calendar to change lesson days to avoid a conflict with Junior Golf. A brand new set of clubs was leaning against a corner table with brother’s cups, and sister’s ballet shoes.(Miscellaneous)
Poor Shiloh had been complaining lately that his “arms, legs and feet hurt.” (And football was around the corner)
I heard mom’s voice trailing off as Shiloh piled into a pick-up with his teammates.
“Dad’s going helmet shopping with you after the MEET tomorrow, so get the old one and put it in a separate drawer, but not with your fishing tackle.
“Reminder: You have Water Polo Club on Monday, so set out your nose clips.”