When I was homeschooling S, I was once asked by a family member, “What do you do all day?” The whole exchange was blog worthy. In fact, it was my first blog post and explains the name of my blog.
Now that S has graduated from high school I am often asked, “What are you going to do with all of your new free time?” It is a valid question. At a minimum, it implies I was doing something. I homeschooled S for 7 years, so it would seem reasonable that I would have free time now that I don’t have that responsibility.
Along with S graduating and relieving me of my teaching, J received his driver’s license this summer. All of the hours and miles we have spent driving him to/from gymnastics practice are behind us. He can now drive himself; however, we drive on Tuesdays to help out a friend whose young son wouldn’t be able to get to practice otherwise.
What are you going to do?
I have been asked if I am going to get a job. I have been asked if I am going to go back to school to pursue further education. I was a teacher in my life before we had kids. I have been asked if I am going to interpret again.
My answer was and continues to be, “I don’t know. I will wait to see how everything plays out.” I have looked at various options and different opportunities for myself.
In April, I wrote a blog post about Transitioning Mom. I wasn’t too far off in my thoughts at that time.
Here’s the reality of my new free time
S does not drive. He commutes to campus 4 days/week. We are out of zone for bus service for him. You see where this is going….
Four days a week, I am driving him to/from campus. His schedule changes day by day depending if he has tutoring or is meeting with his professors or needs time in the library. One day one of his classes met in a campus building that was far enough from the main campus that I had to go pick S up to take him to that building for a 50 minute class. Just enough time to run to Starbucks and come back to wait.
Yesterday I logged 124 miles taking S to an appointment, driving to/from campus, taking J to/from practice, and I squeezed back to school night in there. Did I forget to mention that my husband is traveling for work this week?
my new free time is kind of nonexistent. It is different. My responsibilities have shifted. It is a new season of life.
I will enjoy where I am at in my life while I am on the couch with chocolate!