Your Mission…and It Isn’t Optional!

You know how it is…the alarm goes off at 6:30am, you need to get up.  The weekend is over, you have just lost big in fantasy football to a team with an even worse record than yours.  You have three kids to wake up.  The first snow of the season is on the ground.  The world outside is cold and unforgiving, and your mission is to get everyone up and ready to go for the first day of the week.  Wait…this is my life not yours, but I bet you have your own Mission Impossible going through your head now.

Cue the music…oh come on…you know it was running through your brain the second you saw the graphic above…

The Mission:

Get the kids to school on time.  It really seems simple doesn’t it?  It should be simple, but three kids, and three different school locations make that a challenge on the easiest of days sometimes.

Getting Ready:

Prepping for school with three little ones can be a challenge.  My oldest is pretty much on autopilot, but I do have to keep tabs on her too.  After all is she really going to go to school with that raging bedhead she has going on right now?  Perhaps it is some new style that out of touch Dad doesn’t know about.  Well we’ll err on the side of caution and assume that it isn’t.  Hair combed…check.  Now the little ones need to shower.  Can I get it done without getting wet myself this time?  (That music is just now hitting a fever pitch in my head now)  The little ones are now properly bathed and clothed and fed.  They are ready to face their day…or are they?

Travel Time:

It is our week to car pool.  One more body to get to a destination.  Timing is key.  What is that kids?  What am I humming as we back out of the driveway?  Nothing, as I turn up the radio to some Christmas tunes to keep them entertained.  The minivan is no sweet BMW, but we are on a mission and this will do the job.  All passengers are accounted for, and we are off on the frozen roads to get my oldest to school first.  The staccato beats continue to thunder through my head as I carefully make way through the neighborhood that wasn’t plowed very well or at all over the weekend.  No matter we will make it on time.

We wind out way to school keeping pace with other commuters and parents taking their children to school.  As I look on it makes me wonder what theme music is coursing through their heads.  Destination achieved.  My daughter and her friend make it to school without incident.  No doubt the theme music in my head has kept us on task and out of danger.

The Aftermath

We return home without any fanfare.  The trip is a wind-down from all the build up that has happened to get my daughter to school.  Now it is the trip home.  Everything is peaceful, and I can enjoy some Christmas tunes.  Of course there are two other little ones to get to school yet…cue the music maestro…this mission ain’t over yet!


About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

One Response to Your Mission…and It Isn’t Optional!

  1. vakkermom says:

    Ha! I can hardly wait! Right now it’s just get up, get ready, wake the toddler, deliver her safely to daycare, go about my workday, and pick her up again. Come May…that will all change.

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