Ahh… well school is back in session and it’s kinda…
My littlest one is too young to go to bona fide school yet- she’s still in daycare-but my oldest has started 4th grade. Since she missed the kindergarten cut-off and is almost a full year older than her classmates, I figured this was the year to end after school care.
This means my baby (yes, baby- in spite of the fact that she’s 10 years old going on 30 and stands a full 5 feet tall) has become an official latchkey kid.
She laughs at me- she’s been ready for this responsibility (in her mind anyway) since she shot down the chute and out of the womb.
I, however, am not nearly so confident.
In preparation for her to stay home alone after school until I get off work every day, I made 75 spare keys.
One can never be too prepared, right?
I wrote down my work number and cell phone number, not to mention her dad’s numbers and every emergency number I could think of (yes, this includes animal control. I realize we have no pets, but an emergency is an emergency after all) in at least 125 easily accessible different places… and I might have pasted them on her forehead as well, just for good measure.
We’ve had countless “practice runs” and have gone through every possible “home alone” scenario… and yea, maybe even some that aren’t so possible too…
… and still I’m not prepared.
School just started last week, and so far she has called me at work 67 different times… she wants to ask if she’s allowed to watch tv, or eat the ice cream cake in the freezer… she also calls me each day as soon as she gets home, just so I know she’s ok.
I protest verbally that she calls me so often… but secretly, I’m glad.
Sometimes she tells me she’s bored at home all alone… and I pretend to be sympathetic, but I am quietly relieved. If she’s bored, she can’t possibly be doing things she shouldn’t be… like opening doors for strangers, making prank calls or entertaining house guests.
She’s a big girl now, and she’s more than ready to accept her newfound responsibility.
All I can hope for is that her mother will soon fall in line.