Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I used to wear a watch. I used to live minute to minute. When I was teaching, if I finished a lesson even a few minutes early, I would fill the time teaching my students something. Each of my minutes were claimed, or filled or somehow planned. Even if the plan was to rest or sleep. There were very few free minutes.
Now if I wanted to find a watch to wear, I'm not really sure where I would look, or if I would find one. Time is much, much different. I look at my days in chunks. The chunks are "Before Andrew's nap", "During Andrew's nap", "After nap" and "After Andrew is in bed". When I am figuring out what to do and when I will do it, I fit it into one of those chunks. Trips to the playground are best before nap before the day heats up. Making cards and scrapbook pages are best done during nap when things are quiet. Reading is done after Andrew is in bed.
More than Isaac, Andrew is my clock. Isaac's sleep cycles are too quick and unpredictable for me to plan my day around. And the little time that Isaac is awake and not eating, he sits happily in his little chair.
Chunking up my day like this means a little less is planned. There is more room for last minute changes, additions and adjustments to our day. This doesn't mean though that I get less done. Or that I'm bored.
In fact, I often look back on my day and wonder when I fit it all in.
Posted by Dave at 4:09 PM