Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Always Prepared

I may be a bit of an over-preparer.

Over the last few weeks, I've been getting our homeschool curriculum ready to start at the end of the month. We do "school lite" over the summer - basic workbooks, all review, and plenty of reading to keep everything primed - and fill our days with summer sports, pool time, and plenty of lazy afternoons in the shade. Our official "school year" ends in June, and I'm usually a mess by then. Rather than deal with it, I start fresh in mid-August with a purge and renewed system.

This year, I realized that during all my "I need to prepare to have two kids schooling so I can't throw anything away" purchasing, which I'd spread all over the family room, that I was way over prepared. In fact, I finally realized why people's eyes went so wide. I could have instructed a whole group of preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders.

I'm the mom who has the scissors and tape in her purse. The bag is huge and bulging, but I can take care of business.

I'm the mom who not only has napkins, but plastic forks, spoons, straws, and cups in the car. I take my ribbing, but no one ever says no when they find themselves short.

I'm the mom who has a basement pantry full of cereal, soup, sauces, crackers, juice, and and snacks. My shelves are so stuffed that I need to carefully watch the expiration dates to make sure we're not eating chips from seven years ago, but I can pull a dinner together when I haven't been to the store in weeks.

I know, I'm over prepared. Clothes, food, supplies, books - I'm ready for everything. My car is stocked for every season.

I just did my purge of school supplies, the girl's clothes, and I checked my expiration dates on the food. Summer is still here, so my car is ready for whatever the weather may throw at us.

I like being prepared, and it's worth the teasing!
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