This fall is our first venture into organized sports. We live in the country, and it takes us about 15 minutes to get to the closest grocery store, or 25 minutes if we’re going to do any other shopping. Because of this, I knew that signing one or more children up for a sports program would require quite a bit of driving. And time. And driving… and driving…and driving…
But my daughter Cassie wanted to take the plunge. She loves meeting new friends, so we signed her up for a volleyball skills session in June. Twice a week, she met with other girls to learn how to play volleyball. I figured it was a good sport to learn, as that’s the game of choice when extended family gets together. Next reunion, she’d be ready.
And she loved it! So when the teams form and she was placed on the middle school girls’ volleyball team, it was hard to say “no.” As soon as we received the schedule, I marked everything on the calendar — times and places of practices and games. And then I wondered how I was going to juggle it all.
All four of the kids are taking music lessons of some sort now, and my oldest son is also teaching piano to some young friends. That was already four places I had to be. We also have co-op classes twice a week. Then there are the spontaneous get-togethers with friends (especially for my 10th grade son).. Still do-able, except that when the school year started, my husband began part-time work most weeknights, so he’s not available to help run anyone around.
So far (and with extra help!), we’ve made it. We share rides with some friends to/from co-op, which cuts out one trip for me. Some other friends who also have a daughter on the team have been able to give Cassie rides to some of the practices and even a couple of games that were far away.
It does get complicated, though. Monday’s are the trickiest, and I actually have to write it all down so I don’t miss anything. On a typical Monday afternoon, this is the plan:
- 2:30 pm – Co-op classes end
- 2:40 pm – Take Cassie and her friend to volleyball practice
- 3:00 pm – Pick up son John and 3 friends (we carpool with them) from co-op
- 3:10 pm – Pick up daughter Lillie from friend’s house where she went there to play after her classes were done
- 3:30 pm – Drop off John at the home where he’s teaching piano lesson
- 4:00 pm – Drop off John’s 3 friends, pick up son Luke who’s been playing at the friends’ house with their little brother
- 4:15 pm – Drop off Lillie and Luke at their grandmom’s house (next door to ours)
- 4:30 pm – Pick up John
- 4:45 pm – Pick up Lillie and Luke, take all home
- 5:00 pm – Leave to pick up Cassie from friend’s home
- 5:30 pm – Arrive home and start supper
So far, so good, though I almost forgot to pick up Lillie last week. And since we only have about a month to go until volleyball season is over, I can soon take a small break from the taxi service.
But then, John’s wants to try out for basketball….
Photo by K Rosseel