The Second Shift is what they call it. That thing where parents, including work at home, stay at home, and work out of the home all put in a full day of working and/or parenting, and then get home at the end of the day and instead of chilling out in front of the TV with the kids waiting for dinner to magically appear on the table, these parents come home, unpack the lunch bags, go though the homework, sign all the papers, make dinner, serve dinner, make lunches, supervise homework, run the bedtime routine and get all the littles in bed at time closely resembling a proper bedtime. Not that the kids fall asleep at bedtime. For me the second shift also includes sitting bedside for 30 minutes to an hour while a reluctant child lapses into unconsciousness. I am a woman for whom the second shift is a whale of a thing that looms at the end of every day. The reason why I don’t go to bed at a decent hour. Because after working all day, and pulling a second shift all night, I sometimes feel the need to take a few minutes of peace and quiet for myself. It’s sad that I have to give up precious, precious sleep just to have some down time, but there it is. The Second Shift.
This has been my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…
- Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
- Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. This is writing in the raw.
- Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
- Link back to All.Things.Fadra (feel free to use the SOC Sunday graphic) and leave a comment on this post with a link so I can read your SOC Sunday post too!