While the school year is wrapping up, I’m still behind the wheel delivering and picking up kids from school with overloaded backpacks and lunchboxes. While they’re cramming all sorts of useful knowledge into their heads, I’m filling my days with errands and meetings. The bank. Library. Grocery store. Recycling center. Bible study. Writer’s group. (Did I mention that I spend two mornings a week writing in my car, simply because it’s a quiet place to work?)
Once school is out for the day, I’m still in my car. Driving to baseball practice. Waiting for the rain to stop and games to start. Sitting in a drive-through line picking up a highly-nutritious meal on the run.
It could be worse.
We made the decision to limit our kids to one activity per season. Right now I’ve got one kid playing baseball, one running track with Special Olympics and the third about to start baseball in June. When I hear about other families juggling karate, swimming, piano, after-school clubs and sports, I don’t know how they stay sane.
Since I’m living in my car (more than at home), I’ve made sure to stock it with everything we might need. Folding chairs, umbrellas and blankets for outdoor activities. Coloring books, pens and travel games for entertaining the other kids while we wait for practice to get over. A Bible, music CDs, and a book for my entertainment. A bag of granola bars and fruit snacks for hungry tummies. A first aid kit with bandaids and painkillers. (And a set of jumper cables I hope never to need).
What about you? How many activities to you juggle? What’s in your car?