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Life for 2 P.M.

Currently, a "Family Manager" who has a "full time job" of running regular household errands, and making sure that everyone is on track.

Life for 2 pm

By: Sophia Facey

Waking up early to get started for school dismissal,

Yawning, stretching, oh it’s another day,

Rubbing my eyes, dismissing the snoozes,

Think! Think! Think!

Ah, start planning for los ninos before-school drama,

Then my head light turns up and sees the wall timepiece,

Oh my gosh!!! It’s almost 6 0`clock!!! Let’s get cracking!!!

Take one stone and kill two birds,

Fix breakfast and prepare the kids snack bags,

Observing the second hand go tic toc, tic toc,

Then feed the meowing “Smokey” and “Cleo” their Fancy Feast,

Not to mention impatient Miss Mia barking in her corner

Growling loudly - “where is my breakfast?” “where is my treat?

Woof! woof ! Loudly, “me first, me first”. Finally she got hers.

Heading upstairs to get los ninos up and ready,

Turn on the medium beam closet lights, unplug the Cinderella night light,

Softly talking to the sleepy heads, gently pulling blankets away from them,

Mildly increasing the radio volume, then they finally start moving,

Clearing my throat- “Ahem, Ahem”,

Los ninos grumbling under their breath,

Turning slower than a snail to get out of bed,

With sheets cocooning around their feet,

Crawling from the bed, whispering “Good morning mom”,

Getting in the awakening mode with half inch open eyes,

What never happened in a year, happened this morning,

Like a flick of the switch they got dressed, eat and set for school,

Moments later you hear the school bus screeched outside,

Exchange light smacks on the cheeks, they rushed out,

We exchanged byes, see you later.

Finally first shift accomplished – YES!!!

Second shift is about to begin for after school,

Think! Think! Think!

Get these chores started is another beef to pick.

Do I start from the front to the back, roof to the floor?

Maybe I’ll toss a penny – head or tail.

Smokey comes with his smooth grey fur weaving through my feet,

I yield to his desire for a gentle complete massage,

Cleo is nowhere on the scene, but Mia just wags her tail begging,

Jealously to get her share of the bargain,

Sort the mails, prepare the meals, start laundry, dusting and cleaning,

What next - Think! Think! Think!

Planning for los ninos after-school drama,

Setting up their reminders and schedules,

Snack, homework, revision, room chores, prepare for bed,

Then my head light turns and sees the timepiece,

It’s 12:40 in the p.m. already!!!. Let’s get cracking!!!.

Listening to the radio, finishing up, keeping track of the time,

I think it’s slow down time to brace for after school scuttle,

Then Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

House alarm clock awake from its sleep,

School pick up time is in the swing.

Like a minicab driver doing his regular pickup,

Hoping to do a quick pickup with a short spin,

Heading towards the school, glancing at the lengthy car line,

Parents and guardians have to endure a free sun tan,

While the sun sting our skin like a bullet ant,

Seconds after the school administrator knocks the mike,

To make announcements loudly over the intercom,

The doors open exiting young scholars and teachers,

Walking and talking gracefully outside the gym’s catwalk,

Calm ones do the stride like a drill,

Few running like wild bees with a thrill to the gym to wait,

Then the paraprofessionals approach each car with pagers in hand,

Calling out the tag numbers coding for the los ninos to approach,

From the gym the teachers present the children on the gymwalk,

Ready to reunite with parents and guardians,

The motorcade start moving slowly as each receive their child,

And the lines get lesser and lesser as we go our separate ways at 2 p.m.

Long After School Pick Up Line


A mother is a JOB in itself. Thank God for my experience as an Administrative Assistant which really helps in my organization and timing skills, tackling housework, scheduling for the families and sorting things to make the day run smoothly, getting in the childrens's activities, etc. I must say this job is very challenging, rewarding and fun. Hats off to the parents who have to tackle outside work and has to come home to deal with their “homework”.

Vehicles waiting pick up after school


Writing (to me) is a passion that helps me express what has happened and is happening


© 2019 Sophia Facey

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