That’s It We Are Having Office Hours

Why is it that as we near the end of a school year, things seem to get a bit more hectic? I am filling out more forms, signing more permission slips, sending in more money for something, seeing more projects that need to be completed, scheduling more appointments. That is just school, let’s not leave out sports activities.

Baseball teams {yes plural} double the uniforms {keeping them organized with the right socks, belts and pants} double the practice, double the scheduling. Packing snacks, lunches, remembering to double pack for back to back activities, remembering what time to be where and where to be when. Birthday parties, graduation parties, planning, scheduling, making sure to coordinate dates to not overlap with someone else, buying gifts.  Gifts for the graduates, gifts for our graduate, gifts for the special teacher.  Graduation?  Oh yeah, that would be us.  The outfit, must stick to the dress code list that was sent home.  Oh great wardrobe shopping with a child who hates shopping.

Does this sound familiar?  I have been signing forms lately while spreading peanut butter on bread and cutting an apple at the same time while stuffing lunches into bags.  The dog is barking at the cat, the kids are telling me to hurry {they have never been late to school … ever} so I don’t know why they always panic.  I hear this all the time “Mom did you remember to” … {fill in the blank} OR “Mom where is” … {fill in the blank}.

Are you keeping up?

Now typically we are very organized and structured around this home, honestly we are.  But I swear the moment after spring break ends, everything seems to just go caddywankus, no matter how I time manage and how many calendars I have in the house to use as scheduling tools.  But then it happened, just the other morning.  The car keys {bom bom bom} the sound of darkness just surrounded my head and everything went to slow motion.  I could see the kids sitting at the kitchen table putting their shoes on, the backpacks by their sides and ready to go.  I was scared, too scared to tell them again that mom had to find her keys {this happens too often} they hate it.

Don’t panic Lynda, don’t say anything, be cool, stay calm, we have plenty of time.  Walk up stairs and tell them you have to pee real quick.  I know the keys are not up here,  I know in my gut EXACTLY where they are and I know just who to blame … the hubby!  I called my husband at his office {an hour and a half away} to tell him that my keys were in his car and it was his fault.  Why? Because I can’t keep track of anything anymore, that’s why.  I just can’t do it all and remember everything and because blaming him sounded better.  I had to go back downstairs and I had to be brave.  My kids could see right through me, they could smell my fear.  I had to break it to them that we were walking to school.  WHAT?  Oh yes, walking.  You know that thing we do all the time when we go down town or to Whole Foods, well we are doing that today, only to the school.

“Mom, oh my god, you always forget something”, “you are always losing your keys”, “why can’t you pay attention”, “great mom, thanks a lot”.  After all that, I got the silent treatment, yep my kids were not speaking to me.


The next night, I was curled up on the couch watching my Wednesday night t.v. when The Middle  came on.  Frankie was living my life or I was living hers.  What?  This was perfect, the timing could not have been better.  Wow, it was like being in church when you know {or think} that the pastor is speaking only to you, well this episode was written for me {okay, I totally know that most every mom thought the same thing}.

I just sat and watched, shaking my head this entire moment with agreement.  Yes, yes, we do need “office hours”.  How genius, how clever.  How I love watching this show and just laugh out loud.  Thank you ABC for stepping into the homes of families who just don’t have it all together all the time.  For making us feel like we can relate.

So has this changed anything for us?  Well maybe for the rest of this year {two more weeks}.  I was able to sign two more permission slips the night before they were needed and sent money in an envelope for a science project to do this week.  So I guess we are on top of things.  The baseball uniforms are washed and ready for this weeks games and organized by team.



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  1. My kids have never walked to school, they have always ridden the bus. LOL You are right though, things are never lost until we moms can’t find them! LOL Great post!
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  2. We live to far and in a rural area to walk to school, its about 6 1/2 miles to her school. My son goes to a different district so its 12 miles away and I drive him everyday. I can relate to forgetting who has what day off and when because its hardly ever the same. I always go through folders and papers tthe night before. My daughter doesn’t do any after school activities currently so I don’t have that issue though I wish I did.
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  3. I love the idea of office hours for life. You could have people sign in, and schedule ahead… Maybe even bring you snacks. I think this time of year gets to everyone, regardless of who you are, but especially for families and moms–everything is just coming to a head. Good luck with everything, hang in there!
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  4. I love that saying!
    I am not a mom but can relate to how busy this time of year is. I use to teach middle school/ high school and things were always so crazy!

    The Middle has got to be one of my favorite shows!
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  5. YES! I so relate.. The end of the year is just as bad as Christmas here. We moved about a year and half ago and now her school is less than a mile away. Before it was like 22 miles. mmm I got in the habbit of hanging my keys up right inside the door right as I walk in the door. Unless I leave them in the door. Because i can’t tell you how many times I have looked and looked and looked only to find them still in the door.
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  6. Yes I can SO relate. These last few weeks have been crazy. Thank goodness tomorrow is the last day of school for us. Hang in there!

  7. My daughter isn’t in school yet (coming up in the fall!) but office hours sound like a great idea. Do I feel a strike coming on? lol! I don’t know that my daughter can give the silent treatment either – at least not yet. But I know the first few times it will be a little nice! lol!

  8. I can relate all too well 🙂 The boys don’t get out of school until the end of June, but summer sign-ups are this week. Baseball every night. One child has navy baseball socks and the other black. Did I mention the white baseball pants for nine year olds 😉

    I was cracking up when Frankie declared office hours! I always remind myself it’s the summit push and summer will be here before we know it 🙂
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  9. This is so perfect for how we feel right now too! Between lacrosse playoffs, end of the year parties, exams, camp forms well you know. It’s crazy! Glad I’m not the only one. Because of all of our snow days we now don’t finish school for another month. Hope I make it. Upside, the pools open this weekend.
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  10. My kids take the bus and have misplaced keys a lot. I would love the silent treatment from my kids as they are never quiet.
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  11. We have a few more years to go before school approaches — but I do wonder how the silent treatment must feel! Kids are so clever to pick up on it and use it as a tool.

  12. We love “The Middle,” it’s one of our families’ favorite shows. That was an awesome episode. Hopefully things calm down for you (and the Hekcs) come summer time.
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  13. i love this show too, i can relate all to well
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