It’s that time of the year that I have kind of started dreading – well, please understand that I do love it too, but then again, this is the time that lands my routine into absolute and crazy disarray – its vacations!
That time of the year when my little precious is home ALL DAY, ALL DAYS of the week! Grumpy me! Of course I love her – come on you! And you were already thinking ‘what a horrible mother’. Come on, I know you were. 😉
These days the sun has been shining bright and sunny and a bit too harsh through my bedroom windows – I absolutely hate the fact that the hills outside my window are the exact spot from where the sun rises, and then again, this is the exact fact that my hubby loves! Huh! The vacation does give me one relief though – waking up a little late.
And that’s the best part of the day, well, kind of, more so because it’s absolutely lazy and without an immediate and crucial agenda – that of sending my daughter to school.
Even before the vacations started, my daughter had already told me about the various things she would be doing. And this has been a routine through every vacation, especially because this is the time when hubby doesn’t get a leave, and I had already just taken a mini-break last month – wish office came with a vacation too!
So now, my typical day begins a little later than usual, but nonetheless includes a lot of running around, juggling time and managing home and daughter, while being a work from home mommy. As I rustle up a quick breakfast for her that I hope she will finish off soon and also pack her snack, I take her to the summer camp.
Once back, I immediately crash in to my work. The two hours that my daughter goes to the summer camp are the only two hours in the entire day that I can actually concentrate on work properly. So it is that I have to figure out what are the most important areas that I need to work on with absolute peace and no-disturbance. Then it’s time to run back to pick her up from summer camp and there goes another dash of the day.
For all those who think that being a work-from-home mom is absolutely easy and super-lazy, hello, please get your record straight. Being a work-from-home mom is actually a way more crazy, deadline-oriented, filled with pressure job than being a ‘regular’ working mom who goes ‘out’ to office.
Imagine researching on market trends for your brand and comparing it with your competitors while figuring out new marketing and brand management ideas, researching on multiple articles and writing your own too. Creating PowerPoint presentations that need to be shared with the team by a certain deadline so that the rest of the guys can take it forward and work on it.
Imagine trying to lead a team, guiding and directing them to create that something you need to get out ‘live’ there within a designated time. And now imagine doing all this with a little kid or toddler at home and no help or no other adult to help you out. Imagine doing all this while the TV booms out a Chhota Bheem or Dora or some other animation that goes on for almost as many hours as you are critically slogging.
Imagine doing all this while your little one piles you with questions that need your urgent answers, queries that need to be handled right away, summer camps and hobby classes that can’t be missed, summer parties that your precious has been invited to by friends and all those other activities that the mall right next to your home has been advertising non-stop for this summer for your kid!
Of course, I have my more fun moments too… but the point is, I really wish the office too would come with a few weeks off each summer… but maybe then I wouldn’t have been able to write this post at all! Haha!
Debolina Raja Gupta loves being a mommy and best friend to her 5-year old princess. A working mom, voracious reader, social activist, photographer, poet, travel freak, beauty writer and an everything-of-sorts. Best fun is story time and our fashionista time together. My blogs: The Book Worm, A Few Thoughts Here And There, My Little One And Me, Beauty Makeup And More.