We've got a few weeks before preschool starts, despite all the back-to-school hub bub going on here at DotMoms and around the country. My kids are still lazily lounging in their PJ's and watching cartoons, instead of watching me manically run around the house stuffing backpacks with extra underwear and healthy snacks.
It's because this house is NOT back-to-school that I am angry. And I KNOW you will understand.
Yes, despite not having set foot in a classroom, both of my kids are sick. Runny-nosed, coughing, feverish and whiny, they are currently tugging at my leg for another Popsicle.
Labor Day hit and an entire summer of health was knocked away as soon as the notebooks and backpacks hit store shelves. It was if they just heard it was time for finger paints and macaroni murals and POOF, the snot began to form.
I demand a Do-Over. Those of us NOT in school just yet should not be at the pediatrician, carting antibiotics and tissues and whimpering children across the waiting room.
Yes, I am bitter. Because I realize those first few years of school mean snot wiping and ear drops. Pink eye and puking. Rashes and runs.
...but we should at least be in school before it begins.
Erin Kotecki Vest lives in Southern California and is a writer and stay-at-home mom of Jackson, three, and Hala, one. She spent nearly a decade as a news reporter and anchor in Orlando and Los Angeles.