Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Forfeit




Tuesday is swimming day here at The Beetle Shack.

Each Tuesday morning for the last term and a half I've bundled the kids into the car with their swimmers and towels and a sweet little snack as a good behaviour bribe. Each week I've hustled and jostled and patiently reminded the kids NOT TO RUN THROUGH THE CAR PARK, you know, I've been really calm and serene about the whole thing.

Each week I manage to forget some necessary item like goggles, hair ties, bobbi pins or said snack for behaviour bribery. Each week Elke stays calm and quiet until it's time for the big kids to exit the pool, get dried and dressed- at which point she screams relentlessly. But you know, I remain really calm and serene, because thats the kind of woman I am.

This morning I awoke to the sun creeping through early morning mist. The light was dancing, a new day dawning and everything was beautiful. From the living room I could hear the sound of my children happily playing and I knew the aroma of coffee wouldn't be far away.

As I lay beneath the covers, pondering all that was right with the world I recalled that today was Tuesday, swimming day.

Mystique turned to madness and I started the day poorly.

Somewhere between drinking my delicious hot coffee and finding that the towels had been left outside in the rain I decided we'd Forfeit our pre paid fees and give swimming a miss (for the 3rd week in a row).

Sometimes you've just gotta call it. Enough is enough.

For a a term and a half I've been running like a chook with it's head cut off. I've been stressed and anxious and, well, a little bit shouty and I feel crap about it. I've exhausted myself with my inward focus and heavy brow and I figure if a little less 'busy' can make it easier, then I'll take it.

So see ya later swimming, you pain in the proverbial!


How about you, are thing starting to get bonkers in the lead up to Christmas?

24 comments:

  1. Maybe you need to move to a small, small town where doing things ain't an option! ha ha. I don't feel stressed cause I have no where to be and nothing to do! It's kinda wonderful. I'm not trying to 'rub it in' and make you feel like crap, what I'm trying to say (in a round about way) is good on you for choosing 'no' and forfeiting. Get rid of anything thayt causes rush and stress (if you can) and try to ENJOY this wonderful season! Surely the kids can get their swimming lessons in the beach pool on the weekends ;-) xx

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  2. it's oh-oh-overwhelm land here too lovely, it always is at this time of year. Take care, ditch what you don't need. S.

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  3. I wish I read your post this morning. I pushed on, took my two year old to swimming and it was terrible! It was every kind of wrong and we left before half way. I have to remind myself that it's better sometimes to just let it go.

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  4. I DREAD swimming morning.

    (But love the afternoon when generally, two out of the three take a nap).

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    1. Oh, and I totally agree. Forfeiting is totally necessary sometimes.

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  5. Tomorrow morning for us is Auskick and we need to leave home at 7am. This is the only outside school activity we have had in term 4 and that's fine. Tomorrow morning is James 10th Birthday and birthday morning it's pancakes and ice cream made by me with some photos and obviously presents with photos way before that..........in light of the birthday and the end of the term we decided not to rush everything in between 6am-7am and skip Auskick so James could savour and enjoy his morning of presents and I can take my time to make the pancakes and not have to be out of the house at 7am. We all agreed this would be perfectly okay for tomorrow morning.....so I hear what you are saying, sometimes it's not about the money it's about the therapy in not "having" to do something that on the day you wish you didn't have to. I had to laugh about Katrina's comments above about small towns and nothing to do so there's no stress running here and running there.......I thought it was beautiful. I say a great executive decision by the CEO of the household today on your part!!! Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  6. We said adios to ballet this term. Staying in and making a mess instead. There's always next year :)

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  7. oh Em, I may be laughing.. swimming - such a necessary evil!! we decided to swap swim schools toward the end of last term (which I was very lazy about and remained on THE LIST) and then missy had her ears pierced for her birthday.. I was DELIGHTED to hear the woman with the piercing gun tell me she couldn't swim for 6 weeks - 6 weeks has turned into a whole term and, well.. it would be silly to start again now so close to term's end, wouldn't it?!

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  8. Ha ha ha .... I only have one child and l can't tell you how much l am looking forward to the holidays. Only 4 more weeks of swimming lessons to go :-)
    Our lessons are at 8:30am on Saturday morning, and they've always been hard to get to, always. ......

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  9. well done! if you are ok your children will be too! enjoy the rest of the day ;)

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  10. I can't bear swimming - ours is a monday after school, oldest and youngest kids lessons at 5pm and middle one at 5.30pm. getting three kids changed in a sweaty hot changing room, hanging about, getting them changed again (it is now the depths of winter here, so we have great big coats, hats, scarves, gloves, wellies - i use one of those big ikea bags to haul all the stuff about). We missed it this week - i just couldn't be doing with it.
    I told the eldest that when he could swim 50 meters he could give up, the trouble is he did his 50 meters and he wants to carry on, because he 'enjoys it' arrrggghh!

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  11. I canned swimming a while back, well two terms ago, never looked back. We make sure to take them swimming at the pool every other weekend during the summer and they both swim so well and have a ball now.

    It was driving me insane and I was grumpy.. nuff said.. see ya swimming :)

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  12. I have felt this many times too, i cant pile too much up on my plate . I just go bonkers if i do.. simple is best, so i just say say No, not today. The world wont end, and i keep my sanity.

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  13. God, how I hate the swimming. Loathe the swimming: http://maxabellaloves.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/the-worst-time-of-week.html

    I'm a little bit rushed, shouty and over myself too. Must be nearly December. x

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  14. I would say that is the best decision you could make have a calm and relaxing day xx Lisa Mckenzie

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  15. Good for you- I say down with any weekly commitments for preschoolers- it's just too hard! You deserve to be a relaxed mama and enjoy your morning coffee in your own sweet time x

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    1. Although I do have to say that my youngest at age 7 loves swimming lessons SO MUCH that I actually look forward to it now just to see the priceless joy on his little face. But he's old enough to pack his own bag ;-)

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  16. Oh I hear ya! I felt like this with ballet for the whole last term & if it wasn't for a fellow coffee drinking mum friend who's there at the same time I think I might have bailed!

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  17. eeek, so jealous that you guys are currently in swim season right now! meanwhile, snowflakes are dancing down onto my windshield outside... *shudders* australia must be so lovely for christmas... warm weather! i've often envisioned having a barbecue christmas...! how fun!

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  18. Ohhhhh yes! I would love to call "TIME OUT!" on life right now, but that will have to wait until after Christmas. At least we've got 2 weeks off work to do sweet FA!

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  19. شركة نقل عفش واثاث بالدمام ابيات الشرقيه لخدمات نقل العفش والاثاث بالدمام
    شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
    نقل عفش بالخبر
    شركة نقل اثاث الدمام
    نقل عفش الدمام
    نقل عفش بالدمام
    ان اردت نقل عفش منزلك بالدمام ابيات الشرقية من اهم شركات نقل العفش بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والقطيف والاحساء

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em