Suburban parents are not a nomadic tribe. Every facet of the decision making process that leads us to the suburbs relates back to a single common element: it is easier.
Active defiance from a child makes you understand why their parents were so eager for free after school care.
But despite that, you will still blame the parents for their behavior.
My kids are probably over-scheduled, as are we by extension. Adulthood is not outrageously difficult. Nor is parenting. Raising kids with the schedules of adults, while maintaining your own adult schedule, gets a little dicey.
That didn’t stop my daughter and me from shopping because who ever heard of facing the end of the world in flip-flops? A new pair of boots was on the list for my girl, and the apocalypse wasn’t going to stop us.
You will impulse shop online. You will go to Etsy and purchase an item from an artisan in a colder climate. Only a soap maker from the Yukon could understand your plight.
I will tell perfect strangers about the spinach in their teeth. I will pluck stray hairs off the shoulders of my enemies.
Watch as both dogs split, squeezing through the crack in the door and racing to some unknown destination as fast as their little legs can carry them. Which was significantly faster than my little legs could carry me, I quickly learned.
However, the new cable guy was a shining prince in a uniform and a Charter van. He was, I learned, an in-house guy. That’s cable company code for pleasant and professional. He still didn’t fix the cable, but I wasn’t creeped out about having him in the house.
My pediatrician was fine. She wasn’t spectacular and, given the amount of traffic I endure on a day-to-day basis it would stand to reason that somewhere in this city is a spectacular pediatrician, so I set out to find him or her.
I’ve said that writer’s block is for amateurs. We do a job, just like everyone else. Do engineers get engineer’s block? Do cab drivers get cab driver’s block? That said, writing to the tune of your own character is a whole different ballgame.