I am exhausted! I was all ready this morning, planning out my ‘day off’ today, both boys in school, when I got a telephone call. It was my little one’s Mother’s Day Out teacher, calling to see if I could substitute today in one of the classes. With only the barest seconds of hesitations, my mind flitting over the lost opportunities and the scary possibilities I would be facing, I told her I could. And so begun the day…

Luckily, I got the 3-4 year old class, so no babies who didn’t recognize me, crying in my arms all day, no diapers, no sobbing for Mommy. These kids had it all together with energy to spare. There was no outside play today due to rain last night, so by the end of the day, the kids were wired, crawling around under tables, jumping over prone bodies, laying across tables, dancing, running, you name it. I didn’t know my disiplinary responsibilities, so I sort of ignored it, waiting for the two ‘real’ teachers to do something. Seriously though, I could have had that room whipped into shape in no time…but I didn’t attempt it.

There was a little girl in there with the same name as mine, and one of the teachers kept calling her name, tagging on an instruction: ‘Alyssa, sit on your square,’ ‘Alyssa, stop eating playdough’. Everytime, I turned, thinking she was talking to me. Very disturbing.

But now I’m done, secretly hoping they won’t call me back. Or if they do, that it won’t be too frequently…

Posted in Uncategorized on 11/07/2006 11:04 pm


  1. You’re a better person than I! I would have been too, too tempted to say no. :)

  2. It’s so hard to give up days off like that. But it sounds like you had fun. :)

  3. A year and a half ago, I was the volunteer mom who cooked hot dogs. This horribly coincided with me being in my first nauseating trimester with The Baby, too. Yuck. The things we do for the love of our children!

  4. Yikes!!! I’d definitely have been busy that day.

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