It's rare in life when something very selfish collides with something selfless and works together. Daycare is that for us.
I can't explain how much joy it brings me to watch Nate and Stewart playing their silly games and getting on the bike to go to "school." Nate yells "Bye bye Mama!" all the way down the street, looking back at me and smiling. Teachers says he's doing great at school - having fun, camping it up, being himself.
As soon as he leaves, I come inside and get myself set. Today I took a longer-than-normal shower that actually involved a razor. I get my task list together, and start plugging slowly away. I make un-interrupted phone calls.
And when The Turkey arrives, I'll be able to sit on the couch and sing to him, like I got to do with Nate.
Everyone wins. Very rare. Very grateful.