Tonawanda News — Twenty-three days. Over the course of the kids’ summer break, that is how many days I got with them.
They were home pretty much every day, in some form. But for those 23 days, I was off of work and therefore able to dedicate my entire day to Penny and Rigby.
As you read this, those days have ended. They are now back to school. Rigby is enthralled with entering everyday, all-day pre-K. Penny is already complaining about having to report to first grade each morning.
Now, summer got a bit hectic at times. I wrote about some of the more turbulent moments of having the kids around every minute of every day. And summer presented its fair share of issues I could never really find an effective solution to — like how does a father with a son who still needs to be escorted to the bathroom and a daughter who’s too old for the men’s room but too young to really walk around in public alone manage bathroom time at the fun park?
But, potty problems aside, I don’t get enough time with the kids, certainly not as much as I’d like. I’m kind of sad to see them go back to school. I work weekends, so this means the next time I will spend an entire day with them will pretty much be Thanksgiving.
Penny has been going to school every day for a few years now, so while I don’t enjoy the lack of time with her, I am at least used to it. And I had Rigby there — every day at first, then three days a week last year when he was in twice-weekly preschool. So I at least got to “be the boys” with him every so often.