In Her Words
To-Do Lists that Linger
A new working mom realizes she still never completed her to-dos from when she was a stay-at-home mom
My life is all about lists. To-do lists, grocery lists, packing lists and, lately, the “what-needs-to-be-done-before-I-go-back-to-work-full-time” list. It’s a hard list to cross off, because I keep adding to it. After almost three years as a full-time stay-at-home mom, I’m going back to work. In just a few days, I will start my new life as a college Journalism professor. (I can cross that off my “life goals” list, which I’ve kept since I was in high school.) I’ve had four months to prepare for my new life, which is a luxury, I know. The work list is an easy one: I can easily cross off ordering books and writing a syllabus.
The harder to-dos involve my daughter. She’s entering kindergarten, which is a momentous occasion for all involved. But school doesn’t start until September 8. I start working on August 25. No need to do the math, but I have some child-care issues to worry about. Who is going to take care of Alexa?
Thankfully, several of my mommy friends have come forward, telling me not to hire sitters and that they would help me out, helping me save money. And I personally feel more comfortable having Alexa hang out with her friends most of the day. But there is still one last list that lingers, barely touched, collecting dust in my catchall drawer. It’s the “things-I-should-have-time-to-do-now-that-I’m-a-stay-at-home-mom” list. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, I’m sure you’re chuckling right now.
When I left my job as a full-time television reporter, I easily listed all the tasks I thought I would have time to complete. I never did get to organize all the photo albums, make cool videos from the hours and hours of unedited video we taped chronicling my daughter’s early years or organize my basement. Go figure.
So I’ve made another list called the “things-I-have-to-make-time-for-now-that-I’m-a-working-mom” list. But I have a feeling, when I have some downtime, I probably will be reading someone a story or playing with Barbie dolls.