I Keep Going

city-people-walking-blurI haven’t participated in a while and thought its about time I contributed.


hosted by Kristi and Michelle (who thought of today’s sentence)

After a hard day’s work…I keep going. 

Yes, it never ends…not even when I put my head down on my pillow to sleep. My mind keeps spinning a list of all the things I must do the next day, and the day after, and so on…

It all begins with me leaving for work about 6:40 in the morning and starting my 70 mile round trip commute. As an itinerant reading specialist, I often travel to various schools.   It’s a long drive, but at least I can listen books on tape and try to enjoy the ride.

When I finally arrive in my town, I can’t go home.

Why? Well we live on a main road and next to stop sign. The traffic going to the stop sign is horrendous from three to well after five, just when I need to get my son. If I go home for a bit, then try to leave again, chances are it will take some time to get back out. The wait often turns into ten or fifteen minutes. Other drivers, even thought they aren’t moving, will inch up and refuse to let me go…it’s really sad. Let me say there are some sweet people out there who will let you go…thank you!!!!

Therefore I choose to either stay a bit later at work and then drive to my son’s daycare to pick him up. Other times I pick up a few items for the local health food store or stop by the library to get the latest book I put on hold.

“Hold on…didn’t you say your kid was in kindergarten?”

Yes he is, but I don’t make it back in time to pick up him. I don’t want to say I will get him and then not make it back in time. Instead I like knowing the daycare picks him up and brings him back there. It’s a great way for him to decompress after being in school all day.

Once I get him then get home a little after 5 pm, the craziness begins. All within in a few hours I have to…

  • empty out his lunch bag and clean it
  • empty out my lunch bag and clean it
  • make lunch and snacks for him
  • make my lunch and snacks
  • see what he has in his backpack
  • get out of my clothes and into panamas…after being in my clothes since 6 am I want out!
  • make side dishes to go with the (hopefully already prepared the night before) main dish
  • go over his homework and read books
  • get my clothes ready for tomorrow
  • try to put away growing pile of clothes on laundry rack
  • wash and dry clothes and towels
  • get his clothes ready for tomorrow
  • cook a main course for the next night
  • compromise and argue about cleaning up and getting ready for bed
  • getting him cleaned and ready for bed
  • cleaning up the living room
  • getting his teeth brushed in bed
  • reading a book or two
  • rubbing his back and having some special cuddle time

This does not include the days I have late meetings, when I take him to karate (and get home even later), or the time I spend on lesson planning.

By the time I get to bed, I lay down and fall right to sleep, only to wake back up because my brain is going a mile a minute.

So after a hard day’s work, I come home and work some more. At least I can work in my pajamas.

How would you finish the sentence, After a hard day’s work…


I Keep Going — 22 Comments

  1. Karen, I could so relate to this as I never stop either all day into the later hours of the evening, too. And like you I am happy that at the very least I can work in my pajamas, too!!

  2. Oh, how I understand this post! It takes a lot of energy and coordination to be a career parent. And long commutes just exacerbate the situation. Hopefully you’re able to take a fabulous vacation this summer just to relax with your family!

  3. So glad you did Finish the Sentence this week Karen and yikes to your 70-mile commute and to the mean people who don’t let you in at your stop sign! I hear you about coming home and doing more work after working… and being exhausted. Here’s to being able to wear jammies though!

  4. When i worked full time, when i got home from work, I often didn’t want to leave again and I’d head straight for my PJ’s too! I’m a SAHM now so my days are much more physically exhausting so after a hard day’s work, I want my PJ’s and Kindle!

    • I’ve done both, work outside and stay home and it’s crazy and rewarding on both ends…we moms work hard…too bad pjs can’t be worn ALL DAY

  5. I can definitely relate to having to start work preparing for the next day as soon as I get home. At least it means we can get out of the house on time tomorrow. 🙂

  6. Coordinating the life of parent with the life of child/children is no easy task. You certainly are on the go (aren’t all moms?) but you seem to have a really great system in place and I know that is so helpful. We kind of explode when the system isn’t working well here. Great read! Good luck with the stop sign meanies!

  7. Yikes! That’s a really really long day! I so understand how you want to decompress, but have so much to do before your little one is in bed and your family is ready for the next day. I hope that your weekends are a bit more relaxing!!

  8. First off, I salute you. As a single mom I remember the exhaustion I felt after my two were finally in bed. I worked from home. Can’t imagine adding 70 miles to the day. Thank goodness for books on tape. Good on you, Mom. Hang in there.

  9. It’s true that a mother’s work is never done and your statement is one I think all moms can relate to. Love your tagline by the way. It IS hard work raising a superhero. 🙂 Kudos to you for putting in the time and effort and for balancing a career and family no matter how exhausted you are. Your little superhero apparently gets it from mom.

  10. Life with young children is exhausting… you have to do so much, and there never seem to be enough hours. Traffic can just seem like a huge frustration!!! After a long, hard day, I now get to sit down with a glass of wine and relax. I couldn’t do that when my kids were younger though.

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