When Mom Is Not a Morning Person

This year’s school schedule will either make me a morning person or kill me.

What is it with schools? The older kids get, the earlier they start, despite teen biorhythms to the contrary, not to mention mom’s.

Preschool started at 9. Elementary school began at 8:15. I now have seventh and ninth graders starting class at 7:45. My teen has to be at school at 6:30 tomorrow morning.

I’m feel like the frog immersed in water where the heat is slowly ratcheted up until he is boiling or, in this case, driving to school in the dark.

Zombie Mom

I shouldn’t complain. One friend is rising at 4:50 to get her son to high school. However, she is almost 20 years younger than me. Menopause madness isn’t keeping her up at night.

Also, I don’t have to drive every morning. My husband and another carpool mom help. For years, the bedrock of my marriage has been the fact that my husband drives more mornings while I drive more late in the day. (Driving around South Beach in my fifties for late night pickups I sometimes wonder: how did I get here?)

But this year, we’re getting hit on both ends. With the girls on different campuses, I have to drive some mornings. I also volunteered to help with school parenting meetings that start, naturally, at 7:45. (Great opportunity except for the hour.) Both daughters are now getting invited to parties that end late. The latest invitation’s pickup time is midnight. Breathe in, breath out. Stay awake. Drive.

So the game is up. I need to become a morning person. Or a round-the-clock person. Or a zombie. I’m not sure which.

Hope Ahead

The future might look bleak except for some numbered parking spaces I noticed yesterday at the high school.

“What are those?” I asked the attendant.

“They’re for student parking,” he said.

Student parking – what a concept! My older daughter is only 14. We have a few years to go before she drives, not to mention the lack of a spare car.

But there could be a light at the end of this tunnel.


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  • JenniferHull

    September 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Hey Denise! Thanks for the comment. I see from your blog that you have a toddler, tween and teen, which means you are operating on […] Read MoreHey Denise! Thanks for the comment. I see from your blog that you have a toddler, tween and teen, which means you are operating on multiple time zones! Bravo to you! Would love to know how you manage. Will check out your blog. Read Less

  • Denise

    September 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I can relate! I'm a night owl - no way around it - and school comes way to early for me too!

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