The Pep Talk

This is a slightly altered version of a post I wrote for the DC Metro Moms blog.

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Don’t worry. Everything will be fine.

Sure, all of your children are starting Kindergarten next week, but that is what happens when you have twins. Just wait until they go away to college on the same day. Then you can freak out. For now they are just going to be up the street at a very well regarded school.

You met both of their teachers and they are delightful women. You know that your county has some of the best public schools in the country and your elementary school is one of the best in the county.

I mean, isn’t that why you guys moved into that house in the first place? Because let’s be honest, it wasn’t about the closet space, that is for sure.

Think of all the free time you will have! I know you have been working from home for over a year now, and I know that you have been doing most of your work in the middle of the night since the twins have been home all summer. Aren’t you glad you will be able to work during the day? Think about it – writing with no interruptions. Well, no interruptions except for Twitter and facebook and IMs and phone calls. You might even have time to work out!

Don’t forget about grocery shopping all alone! It will be like a treat after five and a half years of shopping with two little monkeys hanging off of you and begging for a cookie from the bakery. You will be able to shop in half the time. You can even get a cup of coffee from the Starbucks right there in the store. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

This is going to be great. Don’t you worry your pretty little head over it. You will be so busy that you won’t even have a chance to miss them. You won’t even have time to sad that your babies are growing up way too fast, or that you don’t know their new friends, or that you are all done having children and you will never have a sweet little two year old to take a nap with and smell his or her tiny little head.

They aren’t babies anymore. They are ready for this.


This is going to be cake. You will just put them on the bus Tuesday morning and if you feel sad all you have to do is take a shower all by yourself without interruption and you will feel much better about the situation. And 3:30 is going to come a lot earlier than you think – especially now that people are going to think you have enough time to keep your house clean.

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  1. Great pep talk, I’ll be feeling very similar in a few years!

  2. 1st day of Kindergarten was the hardest, but I have to admit I teared up the first day of 1st grade this year. I’m sure senior year with my oldest next year is going to be the toughest of all. Well, since you have all this time and we’re both DC Metro, we should do lunch!!!

  3. the first week is HARD, but week two and we are all doing great. I feel your pain!

  4. I don’t believe you. I’m only sending my oldest, and until a week ago I would’ve read this post with total equanimity.

    But then I went to meet-the-teacher, and found out that this is actually real, and now I can’t believe a word you say. It’s the end of the world.

  5. And if you start to have doubts after that shower?

    Go pee.

    And realize you can get all the way through wiping without anyone asking where you are.

    And that come 3:30 – you can pee like NORMAL again. :-)

  6. :::sob::: Mine starts kindergarten next Tuesday too. It is KILLING me.

  7. I remember this from two years ago, and I have a feeling I’ll be just as conflicted when Nathan starts on Tuesday.

    You can do it.

  8. Honey, the uninterrupted grocery shopping time is worth it’s weight in gold.

  9. All summer the girls drove me crazy, and now that they’re gone, I’m even less productive. It’s like a riddle wrapped up in an enigma. (and I sorta miss the little scamps)

  10. Did I hear you say you needed another baby? Well lucky you! I just happen to have one scheduled to arrive here shortly and I’m really tired of carrying her already. Feel free to come over for a fix!

  11. Sniff.

  12. My post on this subject would start “don’t worry, it will all be fine. in just 5 short years you can put your twins on the bus to kindergarten.”

  13. I’m thinking more and more seriously of finding a donor or, you know, other things, and I’m sure if I had a baby I would make you spend time with her, as tragic as I’m sure that would be for you. Also I’m sure I could find reasons to let you babysit after two years, long enough to necessitate a nap. This doesn’t solve your immediate problem but anyway, it could happen.

  14. Actually, you’ll put them on the bus Tuesday morning and when they get off, they’ll be 18. That’s how fast time will fly now that they’re in school.

  15. I’m with you! Oh, and by week 2, it is better!

  16. OMG that picture of them! They are little yous.

  17. Oh am so jealous. Working without interruption? What is that like?

  18. Oh Sarah, they are sooo cute! Both pics!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog – mine are 10 weeks old now and truth be told, I can’t wait until they’re like 2 or 3 so they can tell me what’s wrong!!!

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