Thursday, December 29, 2011

reverb11 day 29: shake and bake

Today’s prompt asks: Looking towards 2012, what can you do to shake things up a little next year?
Well, I think I shook things up a good amount this year, I would say. (Anyone want to hear more about me changing my job again? Anyone? Bueller? Well, suffice to say, it shook things up. Like a Polaroid picture.)

I find that life finds a way to shake itself up even when you don’t plan for it; at least, that’s how it’s gone for me. Good or bad, it seems to constantly change. For me, at this stage in my life, it has a lot to do with being a parent. Once you get the hang of taking care of a baby – BOOM! – she is a wobbly toddler. Once you figure that out, you’re potty training. Once that nightmare is over – look at that! – you have a REAL KID. In the middle of all that, you are trying to figure out your new identity as a parent, a person, an employee. It's constantly evolving.  And 2012 will bring major changes, because my kid - the one that was born, like, ten seconds ago - will be STARTING SCHOOL.

Jane has been in daycare/preschool since she was three months old. That first day – whoa – was one of the saddest of my life. But I love that place now. So much. I love her teachers, I love everything she’s gotten out of it so far. I’m relieved she still has eight months to go there.

But I know it will go by in a flash. And then another major transition will happen again. Not just for her; for all of us. I’ll have new parent friends to make, new groups to join, a new journey to embark on, with my daughter. School matters, big time – to our whole family. And it will be good, but it will be different.

That ought to shake things up, I think.

4 comments:

HeatherMeH said...

I anticipate a whole lotta shaking going on in 2012. I've decided it will be a year of more yes and less no so the possibilities are endless.

HeatherMeH said...

I anticipate a whole lotta shaking going on in 2012. I've decided it will be a year of more yes and less no so the possibilities are endless.

Streetlights94 said...

Oh preschool and school are so fun! It will be hard at first, and then when you see how much they love it? Makes it worth it. What a great thing to look forward to.

Tracy said...

I'm soo not looking forward to sending my pumpkin to school. I have another year yet because of the cut-off. But that's fine by me.:) I know what you mean though. Changes come constantly with each passing year as babies grow into toddler to kindergartner.