Today I got up early yet again. During the week I expect this, as work beckons and I like to get there on the early side. However, on the weekends I "dream" of sleeping in. Let me define "sleep in." After five days of getting up between 5:30 A.M. and 6:00 A.M., staying toasty warm in my bed until 8:00 PM is sleeping in. Certainly not my teenager's idea of sleeping in - they typically can sleep until 12 or 1PM!
Did I do that? Hmm.. can't remember. Selective memory, you know.
Sleeping in on the weekends seems more like a dream than a reality though. Today we had to rise in the wee hours of the morning because my daughter was volunteering to help at the Science Olympiad. She had to be there by 6 A.M. You can imagine how much I was looking forward to that!
If your children are involved in sports, you also go through the "early" stage where practices are scheduled in the A.M. This is when they are on the freshmen and JV teams, before they can drive themselves. Carpooling is an option, of course, but it doesn't always work out.
If they make Varsity, well then they are also old enough to drive, so they can get themselves back and forth to practice! But if you're Varsity you also get the better time slots, so you don't have to get up as early. And here' the rub. As a parent, you don't really benefit from this because you're not driving anymore! (Usually)
Between sports, music, other school activities, and family, it seems there's always a reason to get up early. The day is fast approaching when my teenagers will be out of the house and in college. I won't have to get up early any more. Contrarily, though, I think I will miss it!