3/1/13

Confessions of a Retired Childcare Provider

This is an article I've been excited to write. I'm officially retired from daycare now. Today is my first day of a whole new life. I got to sleep in this morning. I didn't have to get up at 6:30a.m. today. No one knocked on my door at 7:00a.m. I got to take a long luxurious shower. I said goodbye to my kids from my bed as they left for school. My sweet husband fed the dog and made the coffee this morning. I don't have to answer my door this morning. I don't have to "kennel up" my dog ever again. I can put my knife block on my kitchen counter now, instead of on top of the fridge. I took all the outlet covers off my electrical outlets as soon as I kissed the last daycare baby goodbye last night.

This morning, I've sat here at my computer, contemplating what if anything I should do today. I've decided this post is probably the only thing I'm going to do. Although I did make another pot of coffee. I never again have to let a stranger in my house to inspect my toys, my enrollment records, or my training records. The next diaper I change won't happen until one of my children has children, which won't be anytime soon. The only nose I ever have to wipe again is my own. I can do my grocery shopping on a Wednesday morning and clean my house on a Thursday afternoon. I can do my laundry on a Monday afternoon and run errands during the daytime any day of the week that I want.

I can leave my vitamins on my counter, my cleaning supplies in the bathroom, and let the cords on my window blinds swing free. I could even have an alcoholic drink at noon if I want. I won't ever have to watch children's television programming again. I can sell every last toy and tiny piece of furniture in my house. I won't have to buy baby wipes or latex gloves ever again. I can say a curse word aloud if I stub my toe, instead of yelling "fiddlesticks!" I can take the dog for a walk every morning. I can leave my shoes downstairs. I can leave the dishes in the sink for three days if I want. I could even leave the bathroom door open when I go.

I no longer have to read nutritional labels and track what meals I make and serve. I don't have to keep grocery receipts ever again. I don't ever again have to throw away uneaten vegetables. I can sit in complete silence for hours at a time. I can throw away the naptime CD I've listened to a billion times over the past 25 years. I no longer have to hang a sign on my door at naptime to deter delivery drivers from ringing the bell. I can take my own nap if I choose. I can leave the garden hose strung out across my lawn and not worry that a child might trip over it. I don't have to scour my backyard for dog poop every single day. I can wear my pajamas all day. Or nothing at all.

Will I miss the children? Yes, of course. Will I miss the parents? Yes, of course. Will I miss the hugs and kisses from the kids? Yes, of course. Will I miss hearing, "I love you Miss Lisa!" every single day? Yes, of course. Do I know that God in all His great wisdom will find another way to keep me involved with young children and their development? Yes, of course He will. After all, working with young children is my "God's work" and I'm certain He's got something very interesting in store for me. For now, my short term plan is to relax, well, learn to relax. I'll be exploring this new life, blogging, creating a website for childcare providers to download training classes, and setting up an occasional classroom training for daycare teachers. The world is wide open to me at this very moment and I'm excited to see where my new path will take me!
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7 comments:

  1. Good Luck Lisa. Daycare workers are really a gift to any parent. It is such hard work to raise your own kids, let alone someone else's. I love my daycare and i try to "treat" the girls there as I would my sister. I am so thankful for them. Good luck focusing on yourself for a change, it will be hard, but rewarding.

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  2. God has blessed you all these years and yes, he has plans for you and will bless your future.

    Love
    Mom

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  3. You sound so relieved and happy. Congratulations on moving on to the next part of your life.

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  4. I'm so excited for you! What a great end to a wonderful chapter in your life! Although...you might not want to sell EVERY toy you have because what are your grandkids going to play with? ;) I'm excited to see what's next for you!!

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  5. Today is the first day of the rest of your life! I love how excited and elated you are. I'm not so sure about the three days of dishes...but we can talk about that. I love you Lisa and am also looking forward to the rest of our lives together...however long God decides that is.
    Hubby

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  6. Congrats Lisa! How terrific for you:) Good luck on your new life!

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  7. Best wishes to you Lisa. You will bless everyone no matter what you do!

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