I mentioned several posts ago how babies are basically localized black-holes that wander through your house and crash into your coffee table, sucking up space-time and stuffing stale Cheerios in their mouths, those slobbery, germy little event horizons. So time has no meaning in my house at all right now. Basically, if it’s daylight out, we try to remember to eat and wash the stale sweat off ourselves. If it’s dark out, we try to put the kids in their beds so that we can put ourselves in our beds.
But that’s life as a new (repeat) parent. (As soon as I typed “repeat” before parent, just there, it immediately struck me that the phrase was not so very different from “repeat offender.” Which is horribly apt. Parents of multiple children should be referred to as repeat offenders: obviously they didn’t learn their lesson the first time around and they need to go into the penalty box again. The penalty box filled with poop, urine, vomit and tears.) I’m down with that. Trouble is, I’m also a teacher, and for teachers, a similar phenomenon takes place annually. Continue reading