How Much Work Could I Get Done If I Didn’t Have to Go to Work?

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Today I was awakened by the only thing worse than my maddeningly loud alarm clock (I will never understand why our friends in China couldn’t have added a volume setting… and they think they can rule the world… ).

The Evil Spawn marched into our bedroom and announced she just spilled (this is her nice phrase for… well, you can figure that out).Being Sick Stinks.

At first glance, that sounds bad.

On second glance it didn’t smell that great.

But trust me, it’s not as bad as it used to be.

If you have (or had) small children you understand what I’m about to say.

When kids are little they get sick.  A lot.  And worse than that, it happens wherever they are standing/laying.  Don’t even get me started on their ability to project yesterday’s dinner.

No matter how loud you scream “Get in the bathroom!”, they never budge.

They just stand there, look helpless, and cry.  It’s not a pretty picture.

Basically, they are a custodians worst nightmare.

As they get older, they gain the sense where they can actually anticipate oncoming sickness.  This will serve them well in college.

Of course, if they get sick in college, it’s most likely their own fault.

So today after 2 weeks of Winter Vacation and 2 additional Snow Days, she is ill.

How does this happen?

Why does this happen?

Why doesn’t she get sick on a Saturday morning (preferably during soccer season, but I digress).

This means on very short notice at 5:30 am, we had to implement the Alternating Parent Plan.

This highly structured and detailed document is basically mom and dad taking turns staying home from school when the Spawn is ill (I hate to call her Evil when her belly hurts).

At times like this you realize how great it is to be an educator.

They don’t have subs at the factory you know.

Under Section 2, Paragraph 7 of the Alternating Parent Plan it stated very clearly that today was my day.

My first though was “Ugh”.  Suddenly, a Monday at school didn’t sound so bad.

While the bad news piled up on me, so has the laundry.

Plus, as a father I’m not qualified to make the tough medical decisions that come with an 8 year old and her arch nemesis… the flu.  Turns out my high school guidance counselor was right when she told me becoming a doctor was a great career for the smarter kids.

But we are getting by.

Primarily because mom emails on the hour and came home at lunch to check on us (yes, both of us).

The good news is I’m not at work.

Which strangely enough means I can get a lot of work done.

Even with the constant cry of “Dad” in the background (sometimes I even respond), I’m able to whip through my School To-Do List.

No interruptions.  No phone calls.  No angry ________________ (feel free to fill in the blank with just about anyone).

Computers  are great.

There’s no way I could get all of this work completed 15 years ago.

On the other hand computers can be bad.

While I have accomplished a lot, I didn’t have time to watch the Price is Right.  Even though I’m not at work, I’m still working.

Progress is good.

But it hasn’t improved sick days.

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One Response to “How Much Work Could I Get Done If I Didn’t Have to Go to Work?”


  1. Angie
    on Jan 12th, 2010
    @ 8:03 am

    I firmly believe that we should only have to take 1/2 day on the days we are staying home with our evil spawn but still doing work. We have the computer records to back it up!

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