What a mom always wants: Me time, right?

Workout day 48, @postaday 29, #postaday2011


Alarms were set to stun early this morning because both daughters had plans. Oh what would I do with myself!?

Sophie, aka Kid1, had a science field trip with her “Solving Problems and Reaching for Knowledge” (SPARKS) group to the Waianae side. During their 13-mile hike, they saw frigate birds around Kaena Point, observed the lava formations, did those snoopy fun things nerdy science kids like to do. She was OK with walking home with me when I hoofed it over to Koko Head School to collect her when the bus brought the quiet load of geeky kids home.

As we were coming home in the dark, I could hear the squeals of kids playing. In the distance were silhouettes of kids running around in the cul de sac where a street ends at the top of the school campus. It was Charlotte, aka Kid2, and her friend Ari, with a bunch of neighborhood kids playing under the street lamps. I had to stop and watch. That was me summers long ago, catching fire flies, playing tag with the neighborhood kids, pretending we didn’t hear our parents call us to come home. How nice to see her running around in the fresh air, being herself, having fun.  I sent her a text earlier this evening. I hope she sees it before she goes to sleep. The last time she was there for a sleepover she sent me a text:

‘good nite mom I love you 🙂

Kid1 just shuffled her weary bones to bed. As shall I.

Maybe if I hadn’t been sick, I would have relished the time alone a little bit more. Maybe I would have gotten a pedicure or gotten my hair done, or went on a bicycle ride. I spent a lot of time resting, which obviously I needed to do. And even though they bicker too much, and are way too sloppy, I missed the girls today. I’m eager for the family to be together again.

Good night, friends and family. I love you, too. @;-)

By lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Arts teacher, English Learners Coordinator, and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.


  1. a half-marathon, plus science along the way. good thing she took a hat and sun screen. i should have sent even more water!

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