Turning the Tables

11 04 2008

It’s been a long week for me. I’ve had a ton of work, flew to Portland for a few days, and today, I had to take care of my girls morning routine. This is something that normally is handled by their mother. But, since I was out of town for three days, I figured I at least owed her a little break from the kids.

The morning was as normal, everyone scurrying around trying to get the kids dressed for school. Since Annabelle had a Little Gym class, she had to be clothed as well. I think my mere presence helped keep things on track, as the girls listed fairly well. Then, it was off to drop Eliana off at school. I do this twice a week, normally, so no big deal. It was tough to make sure both of them didn’t wander off too far on the walk across the parking lot at school.

After the first stop, we had about one hour before the Little Gym class, so we stopped at McDonald’s. I have never been to McDonald’s so often in at least 10 years. It is fairly handy to have a place with a play area for Annabelle.  As soon as we walked in the door, she bolted directly for the play area. She had a blast for about 10 minutes; then she became a little bored. At least some other kids showed up to keep her interest while I worked for most of the hour.

Next, we headed to the Little Gym. I’ve been to her class before, and Annabelle is such a free spirit in these parent-tot classes. It’s tough to get her to follow along with the rest of the group, but I do think she is making progress.  The class is very structured, and Annabelle is picking up on the structure. Today, she knew about the bells, and the balls and wanted to take part in those parts of class. She wasn’t too interested in the skill of the day, or with playing with the other kids.

Afterwards, it was back to the school to pick up Eliana. We arrived with a few mintues to spare, so we waited with the gathering crowd of pre-school moms. I was the only dad in attendance. Eliana was the second person in the line today, and something amazing occured when Eliana walked into view.  As soon as Annabelle saw Eliana, she ran yelling “Oni! Oni!” (Big Sister in korean). She gave her a big hug. And Eliana gave her a hug back. Sisters, indeed. It was a short, cute and nice moment to watch. I think those two will have a bond for life as the grow together.

But, back to the crazy morning, I packed everyone back into the car, and headed home. I gave them some snacks their mom had prepared, and everyone was happy, and a little sleepy. I wasn’t too bad; in fact, I thought the morning had gone off pretty well. It was nowhere near the hazard I imagined it to be considering how beat my wife looks after doing this all the time. either way, it was interesting to live the other side of the coin today and see a little of what goes on while I’m toiling away at work everyday.