My current job description between the hours of 2:30 and 7:00 p.m. each weekday can be summed up in three words:
SMILE AND DRIVE.
The driving part isn’t new, but there has been much more of it this year than in the past. The smiling part is something I’m consciously working on. When I start feeling stressed about how to make a 25 minute drive in 10 minutes so someone doesn’t end up stranded at one activity or another, I remind myself that smiling is half the job. I make myself smile at the road ahead of me, and sure enough! I feel better. It works. It’s true that forcing a genuine smile on your face can improve how you feel about life.
On a recent Thursday I took pictures of all the drop offs in an afternoon. It went something like this.
Band Rehearsal. (He looks thrilled, doesn’t he?)
Activity Days (her first one!)
Activity Days (her second to last one. I love the cheesy smile and the blue mouth) Insert hail storm while we drove to pick everyone up from round 1 activities so they could change clothes in the car and go directly to round 2 while things like this happen.
Gratefully, the rain stopped.
Around again to gather them all in and head home for dinner at the lovely hour of 8 p.m.
Like I said, it’s my season of “smile and drive.” Life is good.