One of my ‘home tasks’, as I like to call them, is driving my kid to school each day. I started doing this as soon as I became a WAHM. I took a break from school bus duties last year when MrC was available to do it, but now that’s he’s back at work I’m back behind the wheel.
Last week, my car broke down and I was stuck without it for a few days. During that time, I had my driver sweet mother, aka Lola, shuttling the little boy and I around. While I enjoyed my time as a passenger, I got to observe the different kinds of parents who were bringing their kids to school each morning. Of course there were bus drivers too, nannies and grandparents, but for some reason it was the parents who really caught my attention. I became so fascinated with them that entire week that I actually categorized them into three. Yup, I did.
The Working Moms and Dads
First, there are the working moms and dads. These guys always seem to be in a rush, and understandably so. They have to make it to the office on time, after all. These are the parents who are dressed smartly in their ties and power suits, with the women sometimes in heels and other times in driving flats (but of course you know there are heels packed away in the car). Sometimes they’re on the phone. The more tech-savvy ones will be wearing a Jabra. One thing I observed is that they like to honk, and they get very upset when a car is preventing them from exiting the driveway quickly.
This has never been me, simply because I didn’t have the luxury of driving my son to school while I was working mom.
The Gym-Bound Moms and Dads
The second kind of parents that I see at my kid’s school in the morning are those who head off to the gym for a workout after they’ve dropped the kids off. These parents move at a more leisurely pace, and often look like they have a lot of time to spare. They linger and watch as their child enters the building, stay for a chat, wave at their friends. If they know you, they will invite you to join them at the gym or yoga or Zumba class, and/or for brunch afterwards. They’re dressed in their workout attire (obviously), and have such bright smiles so early in the morning. Must be all the happy hormones they get from working out.
Honestly, this is something I aspire to be, simply because it means that I have to commit to working out on a daily basis. Well, I’m not there yet.
The Home-based Moms and Dads
Obviously, I fall under this category. Maybe these parents work from home, like I do. Maybe they run their own businesses. Maybe they are stay-at-home-moms and dads. Maybe they’re just on leave for the day. You know them when you see them because they are dressed casually, either in a shift dress, a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, leggings and a tank top, sometimes even pajamas. I might be wrong though, maybe those just looked like pajamas. Oftentimes they have their wet hair pulled up in a ponytail or dripping down their back. Or sometimes, particularly on hectic mornings, they have to tie back their greasy hair because they just didn’t have time to shower before leaving. I am speaking from experience, of course, and I can only speak for the moms. Although, there have been some dads who looked like they just jumped out of bed and straight to the car, too. Hopefully they stopped by the bathroom to brush their teeth or at least gargle.
One of the promises that I made to myself is to try to always look presentable in 2014. This means that I should at least wear clothes that match, dry my hair before leaving the house, wear shoes instead of flip-flops, and, on better days, wear lip gloss. I don’t know about you guys, but I find it hard to make time to fix myself up when I’m juggling so many other things, and things that I feel are more important, too. But, hey, I know I have to try simply because I refuse to be frumpy!
So, today I drove my kid to school in a t-shirt, old work slacks that I no longer use for work (because it’s so much more comfortable to wear pajamas while working from home), ballet flats and the dreaded greasy ponytail. Forget about the lipgloss.
I need quick and easy tips on getting dolled up. Help?!