Wednesday, September 15th 2010
Cheap Thrills

Caden-6yr: Mom, at school we do the same thing at the same time every day.

{rolling of eyes. total disgust that this is his existence.}

Me: Baby, that’s called a schedule.

Caden-6yr: No. You don’t understand. We do the exact same thing at the exact same time every single day.

{rolling of eyes. total disgust that this is his existence and his mother doesn’t understand what he’s saying.}

Me: Baby, that’s called a schedule.

Caden-6yr: {about to implode with frustration} NO! Mom! We do reading at the SAME TIME EVERY DAY. And then? THEN! THEN WE DO MATH AT THE SAME TIME! EVERY! SINGLE! DAY!

Me: Babe, that’s a schedule. It’s supposed to be particularly helpful for young children to feel secure and structured by keeping the days’ events in the same order. But you’d really prefer to be surprised every once in awhile, huh?

Caden-6yr: It’s BORING and ANNOYING.

Caden-6yr is always looking to spice up his life. I get that. It’s the same reason he used to run around with underwear on his head all the time. Just for fun. It’s the same reason I accelerate up the driveway and slam on the brakes right before the windshield hits the garage door as it goes up, then accelerate again and slam on the brakes just before going through the wall. (the kids are so used to this they don’t even blink. Except occasionally one of them will ask, “why do you do that?” Mike and my mother, on the other hand, oooh, they react.)

Sometimes, you just need to infuse a little thrill. Sometimes, math should be when reading is and vice versa. Sometimes, schedules are so overrated.


2 Comments on “Cheap Thrills”

September 15th, 2010
7:36 pm

I SO agree. You just have to mix things up a little now and then. I have co-workers who can’t understand why I don’t take lunch at exactly the same time – to the minute – every day, like they do. I think they think I’m a bit flighty. I think I’m just trying to keep myself sane. :)

September 15th, 2010
8:53 pm

Yeah. You know who else did everything ‘to the minute’ like that and it bugged me? Mr. Rogers. I used to want him to just ONCE not put the sweater on or toss the shoe at exactly the same time every single day. Mix it up a little, Fred! You know?

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