What does the first day of school look like for a SAHM with no kids at home?
Disclaimer: I can talk about this because, for years, I have said the same to other SAHMs. Hell, I did it THIS year.
Polite, medicated, socially capable me responds like this:
“Enjoy your day off!” I sure will.
“I can’t wait until all of my kids are in school all day!” Oh, aware that my kids are actively listening to my response, it IS exciting, but I sure will miss having them home with me.
“Are you going back to work?” For pay? Not this year.
“What ARE you going to DO with yourself for an entire day? All that free time!” Well, I have this book that I’ve been trying to write for a year– it’s such a great story, but fiction is hard. And I volunteer a lot…
My mouth, both good and bad, often flies solo. It’s true, I just open my lips and watch the appropriately vapid responses stream out. After all, these aren’t people stabbing me with a passive-aggressive-interest-knife. In previous years, I’ve spoken similar words and received similar vapidity in response.
This is what I meant when I said these things to other SAHMs.