May is National Bike Month, this is an important thing to remember. I need to bare it mind. I need to remember this --appreciate this fact-- because my auto-assist/carpool buddy has left town. It is National Bike Month, making it the perfect time to go fully and completely car free. It's like fate. I wonder if it is also fate that the person my son hangs with while I am at school is not available this week. Well, it may not be fate, but it makes sense, because they are the same person. So, I found out Friday that I will not have access to child care or car share all this week. SUPRISE!
SO, today I dragged The Boy and I outta bed and to the bus stop (it became clear that we were not going to get out the door in time to go by bike). Absent any child care, I lugged the kid along with me to class (wonder if he can get collage credit while homeschooling?) Had to empty my change purse into his hands and send him out to find snacks so that he would not hear a reading in Lit class that I don't think I was old enough for (he got spared, anyway). Got to deal with him being board much of the day. Got caught in the rain without our coats after class and took shelter in the bookstore. While there we found all these books sure to enhance our homeschooling experience: bought way too many and had to lug them with us as we completed our errands for the day. All completed by bus. The one bright spot in an otherwise rather nightmarish day was an all too brief visit with a wonderful friend.
By the end of the night, as we staggered across our wee little threshold and collapsed in bed (actually had dinner in bed) I have to admit that, after juggling The Boy, my books, etc. while navagating my education, errands and social life, I missed having a car just a little. I miss having help with The Boy a whole lot. I am hoping that today was just a rough start to an unexpected lack of both carpool and child care. It is National Bike Month, after all, the perfect time to go car free.