Sunday, November 23, 2008

Part Time… No Problem!

Fall is always stupid-busy for the Wrights, and it’s not just the beginning of the school year… fall also means the beginning of Princess’s soccer season, Pockets’s football, and—for me—teaching journalism to fourth- and fifth-graders for six weeks.

Add to the usual chaos these new twists for 2008:

  • Mr. Wright was elected President-Elect for the Washington REALTORS®. appointed to a presidential advisory group on climate change for the National Association of REALTORS® and appointed as a trustee for the Center for Real Estate Research and Development at WSU
  • I decided, in all my wisdom, to begin publishing an independent parenting magazine
  • Pepper started volleyball
  • Curlytop started her preschool IEP at a public school in Douglas County
  • Snugglebug started group therapy/preschool in south Chelan County

Naturally, the five oldest kids go to school in north Chelan County, so I’m driving all over the state every day. I openly laugh at whoever created the “10 Year/100,000 Mile Warranty.” Get real! I drove over a thousand miles this week alone.

What better time for me to take an additional job, right? I love my local librarian to the extreme—which must explain why I offered to sub for her while she was on maternity leave. Without much thought as to the impact, I became a part-time librarian. Why not? Part-time… no problem!

I knew things had changed for the kids and me when I found myself at work, stricken that I’d forgotten Pepper had a volleyball game. Mr. Wright was out of town and wouldn’t be able to attend. Someone had to go to her game! But, who?

In desperation, I sent a text message to Princess:

can u go to pepper’s game after practice? pls?

Her response?

um, i am @ my soccer game ... sorry!

Worst. Mother. Ever.


  1. I've had days when I felt like the worst mother ever, too! Sounds like you have a lot going on - don't get too upset over an off day every now and then!

  2. I got tired just reading that. I will never again complain about chasing around two plus hubby and our yorky!

  3. You need to put just one more thing into your schedule: a massage!!


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