I’m still not sure why the reading log is one single loose sheet of paper
Parenting is a lot of details. Even when you’ve been doing it for years and years, it still keeps bringing you new things, and co-parenting adds another layer. LOD had the kids from Saturday night through today, and I forgot to put our older son’s reading log from school into his backpack when I handed them off. So I stuck it in my purse before I left for work on Monday, and stopped by on my way home to deliver it. (Which might be the beginning of a policy: If it’s the parent’s fault, we deliver it. If it’s the kid’s fault, we don’t. We’ll see how that goes.)
I’ve developed the stereotypical and annoying head cold, and by the time I got to LOD’s place all I wanted was to eat some spicy soup and gouge out my sinuses with a spoon. So I handed over the reading log, and then we had some sort of random business to discuss, and then we started in with the calendar. The normal schedule, and when we were switching, and who had what when, and who owed what to whom, and how, and why. Things that would have been just little points of debate on a normal day became too much for me. So I told LOD I needed to go home, and left, feeling overwhelmed and cranky about having to coordinate all the details.
When I walked in the door with my spicy soup, I turned on the TV and was instantly drawn in to the New York gubernatorial debate. I really have no way to describe how bizarre and fascinating this spectacle was. We had the uber-aloof Andrew Cuomo, the bumbling and confused Carl Paladino, a Green Party candidate who sounded like Colonel Sanders, the Rent Is Too Damn High Party candidate with Colonel Sanders’ facial hair and black gloves on, the Anti-Prohibition Party candidate who used to own an escort service, a very wry and witty Libertarian candidate, and the angry Freedom Party candidate in a Nehru jacket.
90 minutes of pure jaw-dropping delights, including the part in which the Anti-Prohibition Party candidate said she could run the MTA better than the MTA does because her escort service only had one set of books and all her services were on time, Carl Paladino’s seeming unfamiliarity with the concept of a yes-no question, and the Libertarian Party candidate’s saying he and two of the other candidates could do the work of some highly-paid committee “once a month over a pizza and a six-pack.”
As they were talking, I started thinking about how much posturing and positioning the candidates were doing, but how they were all basically saying the same thing. There were a handful of issues they seemed to be split on, but for the most part everyone wanted to cut wasteful spending, create jobs, and restructure the tax system somehow. It was as if they had the idea that they were supposed to disagree with everyone, but really they all had common goals.
And just like that, I realized that LOD and I are really on the same team. No–I’m just kidding. What actually happened was that LOD called just then to ask about some school-related thing and I said, “Turn on New York1 right now–you are not going to believe this!” and he did and we were gobsmacked together by how weird it all was. And just like that, I realized that if there was a gubernatorial debate on every week (or, even better, a “NY Governor’s Mansion” reality TV show pleasepleaseplease), LOD and I could do all our calendar scheduling during that show, and we’d be laughing too hard to be that concerned about our own details.