The following are a few things I have learned and observed since my daughter Kindergarten:
- I am thankful for back country roads because making a left turn out of the school parking lot is next to impossible.
- I am tempted to make a citizens arrest on a few punk teenagers who don't know how to drive on these back roads. That is the side effect of the high school being next to our only elementary school.
- Most parents are clueless.
- I would support uniforms in our schools. My daughter is too much of a diva about clothes and seeing the high school girls in daisy dukes and showing cleavage irritates me as a mother.
- The old guys who sit at McDonald's in the morning make for interesting entertainment.
- There really is such a thing as running into the grocery store and grabbing ONLY what you need and be back in your car within 5 minutes!
- The days are not nearly as long as I thought they would be.
- The perfect time to clean up the inside of my car is when I am waiting in the line to pick her up. It is also the perfect time to pay bills, make phone calls, or play 'Angry Birds'.
- I am elated to be without Spongebob Squarepants during the day. Wish you could see my dance of joy for that- it's a little Irish jig with some disco in the mix.
- My dogs don't know what to do with themselves when the house is so quiet- so they annoy me more.
- Going for walks in the crisp morning while the sun is still rising is priceless.
- Attempting to find a job after being home for 6 years is not easy emotionally.
- After school is more hectic than I ever imagined since my daughter tries to cram in everything we used to do together during the day into the few hours between school and bedtime.
I'm sure I will learn a lot more as the year goes on, but the changes in life have been interesting.