We start school each morning at 8:15 with morning worship and Bible. Then we continue doing schoolwork until each of my three students has finished his schoolwork that has been scheduled for that day.
I am not a good multi-tasker, nor do I deal well with deadlines. So the method of school I just described works best for us. Only the most URGENT of errands are ever run during the school day. Grocery shopping and such is usually done together as a family in the evening.
At least that was the case until this school year. Life & schedules seem to have been turned topsy-turvey. I don't deal well when things go astray from the normal routine. I end up ,as Bilbo Baggins would say, " feeling thin... sort of stretched... like butter spread over too much bread."
Last Friday, I had to drive half an hour away to attend a required workshop/class (DON'T EVEN ASK?!) There was no way to get out of it. On top of that it was a school day. NATURALLY!
I flustered around before I left, trying to put everyone on track to complete the schoolwork I wanted accomplished and giving my elder daughter instructions to throw some chicken in the crockpot with some seasonings as I headed for the door. At least the meat will be ready when I got home.
Four hours later, I was tired and on my way home again. Okay, what would I have with the chicken? At this point I neither felt like thinking NOR cooking.
When I walked in the door, a wonderful aroma came wafting though the house. Ohhhh! does that chicken smell good ... By the time I got to the kitchen, I realized there was more than JUST the smell of chicken. Precious daughter was also pulling baked corn (mmmm... a favorite of mine) and scalloped potatoes from the oven.
At that moment she could not have given me a better gift. No need for me to rush around and finish getting the dinner, and I even got to eat comfort food to boot -- Talk about the sweet life!
I find her stepping in and giving me a hand when I seem to most need it. One more step in growing up. I have to say I don't know what I'd do without my woman-child's help either.