13 February 2008

5 - 7 - 5 at 6 am

Phone at six o'clock
Daycare delays opening
Screws up my whole day.

After I answered the phone from a deep sleep, and learned that daycare was going to open two hours late because of the weather, I lay in bed composing haikus in my head as I listened to the beep beep beep of the snowplows on the street and the scrape scrape scrape of W. shoveling the driveway.

Eventually, Miss M. and I got up, had some pie for breakfast, and settled down to the rare treat of watching Sesame Street (her) and reading the paper on the couch (me). And somewhere along the line, I told her that school was going to be late, at which news she burst into tears. "I want to go to school!"

Why is it that at least once a week, she has a morning tantrum of the "I don't want to go to school" variety, but today she pulled the opposite?

Why we rubberneck:
There but for the grace of god...?
No, schadenfreude.


Life As I Know It said...

Isn't that always the way?

Hope you enjoyed your delayed opening morning!

Julia said...

Human nature.
Wanting what we can't have.
It starts early.

Girlplustwo said...

it's the opposite
never mind what they said before
you're screwed either way

Girlplustwo said...

goddammit that second line is 8 not 7.


flutter said...

I want pie for breakfast.

Anonymous said...

I pray for delay,
but "cancellation" today.
My whole house is trashed!

Mayberry said...

'cause: opposition
thy name is 3 year old girl
Mommy, read my mind!

(I didn't mean to pick on girls but I needed another syllable. Also, I suspect M might be 4...)

storyteller said...

Sorry to learn that
you had a frustrating morn.
Hope the rest was good.

Hugs and blessings,

Anonymous said...

Love the haiku! I'm not even going to attempt one - my brain is not wired for creative thinking today.

lilypotter said...

6 am haiku
by a braver soul than i
i ignore the phone

Hope the rest of the day went well!

Unknown said...

Just ignore the phone.
Wholeheartedly eat the pie.
And screw the delay.

Beth Cotell said...

Ha! My kids are the exact same way. Kids!

Aunt Becky said...

That is precisely what I love (and hate) about kids. The one thing they normally drag their feet on turns into a major deal if canceled.

kathy a. said...

that oppositional streak is Exactly why my kids thought it was hilariously funny when i occasionally appeared as -- ta da! -- the meanest mommy in the world.

"whatever you do, DON'T go take a bath! GRRR!" said the meanest mommy, in a growly goofy voice. plop, swish, scrub, went the kids, laughing themselves silly. adapt recipe as needed. don't use too often.

painted maypole said...

i admire anyone who can use the word "schadenfreude" in a poem.

Anonymous said...

Haikus are a crackup.

Only day Boo wants to go to school is Saturday. Wish we were Greek, cause then he could!!!

the dragonfly said...

Kids want opposites
To stay home or go to school
Depends on the day

niobe said...

Reading through your post
Meaning to post a comment
But I just want pie

Janet said...

Pie for breakfast?!

Yes, please.

dawn224 said...

I like the pie for breakfast too ... and I would totally end up writing 'ku in my head instead of falling back to sleep.

Anonymous said...

Pie for breakfast? Sign me up.


Jen said...

I needed this Haiku. We've had delays and cancellations for weeks now. I can't get anything done!!

Anonymous said...

early morning calls
rarely bring welcome news, but...
pie for breakfast? yum.

(Wanted to comment
while this post was still current
failed miserably)