For parents, Fridays can pretty much be summed up as BK (Before Kids) and AK (After Kids). BK, Friday was our favourite day of the week when we were filled with anticipation about the saki-soaked evening ahead. Heck maybe we’d go to an after-hours club, followed by a lazy morning where the biggest obstacle was finishing the New York Times crossword puzzle before noon.
AK? Well, Friday nights are pretty much the same as every other night: bath, book, bed and praying the munchkins stay asleep long enough for you to sip half a glass of red before falling asleep on the couch before 10 p.m. (and no way you’re getting through one word of that crossword puzzle).
After two straight nights being woken at 4 a.m. by a small child demanding pancakes, hearing “I’m bored” on repeat and squabbles over who gets to wear the Elsa costume, the most exciting day of the week for a working mom is Monday. Monday is our funday, our going-back-to-work day. It’s when we get to put on nice clothes, listen to an entire song on the car radio other than Baby Beluga. Heck, maybe we’ll even stop for a latte followed by a lazy chat with colleagues. As for the workday itself? Nothing the boss demands is as hard as talking a toddler (the other boss) down from a tantrum in aisle 4. Mondays are as calm and collected as a pleasure-cruise around the Seychelles.
No, life AK ain’t easy. Sometimes we miss our saki-fuelled BK Friday night, but would we swap it for spontaneous morning cuddles, pancakes shaped like monkeys, pitch-perfect renditions of “Let It Go” and the occasional “I love you, Mommy”? Nope, we wouldn’t trade it for anything. Bring on the manic Monday.
The things we’re grateful for linger long after the turkey’s been digested. To remind ourselves that celebrating life’s little joys is really where it’s at, The Loop’s calling out the everyday things that give us heaps of pleasure. Starting October 10, we’ll publish one new story daily about a thing, moment or experience that gives us the warm and fuzzies.
You’ve probably got plenty to be thankful for, too, and we want to know about it! Share what you’re most grateful for on Facebook here or via Twitter using the hashtag #12DAYSOFTHANKS (we’re @theloopca) or join the conversation on Hubub. Happy Thanksgiving!