A guest appearance at Luca's classroom for Valentine's day.
School is starting and so is school life.
The classroom is filled with little children and the activities begin. There are special days, like Halloween, Valentine's, Mardi Gras and April Fool's for which there are lively events involving food, and themed crafts. There are rehearsals for quarterly forums, and field trips to the aquarium and museum. The buzz of the school year is exciting and I love the experiences and memories that it creates for Luca.
While I can volunteer to support those activities whenever the volunteering does not require me to be physically present during work hours, my contributions are rather limited. I can drop off homemade cookies, or purchase decorations, send an email to everyone, or manage a class website. My heart sinks when Luca goes off on his first field trip and I can't go along, or when a Halloween picnic takes place and I miss the costume parade (imagine all the cuteness together in one place with all those toddlers dressed up!).
And, just as my heart sinks a little, I also sigh in relief and thank heaven for SAHMs who devote a significant amount of time from their very busy lives to making all those special things happen for Luca. I also thank heaven for the fact that I've never heard a snide comment on their part for carrying a big part of the load, and they express gratitude over my attempts to pitch in. I'm pretty sure I will not be able to return the kindness in the same way, but I do send them positive thoughts, thankful sighs of relief and admiration.