Friday, July 25, 2008

Like Herding a Platoon of Cats

Kristy is at home all summer with our four kids. It's one of the greatest perks of being a teacher - summers off. It's also what helps this family function, there is no way we'd be able to afford childcare for two and a half months while the kids were out of school.

I couldn't do it. Taking charge of those four kids all day every day would end tragically. You'd all hear about it on CNN. I have to be at work all day, every day; I consider that a perk.

Today she has our four kids plus Mr. Baby, and she's taken them to Davis-Kidd Booksellers. I just found out that C's friend tagged along as well. So Kristy has left the house with six kids, which is insane. And, yet, she can handle it. She's half drill sergeant, half shepherd and half school marm. She is Big Mama.

How does she do it? What's her secret? I have no idea. And I don't think I want to, because I'm afraid it might then be expected of me.

2 comments:

Chris said...

My wife an I agreed to keep a friend's child for the weekend in a few weeks. After we agreed, Autumn was chosen to receive a scholarship and attend a conference in Georgia - that same weekend. I started to sweat and panic and stutter... Turns out, I will only be flying solo for like 20 hours and really just over night. I can drink enough coffee to stay up that long. I might can even get caught up and watch Donnie Darko! Or, teach them to get beer from the fridge and add a slice of lime...

Chris

Kristy said...

Aw. I don't know whether to kiss you or school you.