It's the first day of summer break, the kids slept in late and the house is remarkably quiet. All this will change in five more minutes, I'm sure, but for now, I'm taking in the luxurious silence.
One of the casualties of a tenuous economy is the luxury of summer camp and paid childcare. When budgets are tight and you're a stay-at-home or work-at-home mom, activities for kids can sometimes be the first to go, especially when there is a price tag attached. Almost every mom I know--working or not--is feeling the pinch, and I dare say there was actual panic being exchanged from eye to eye yesterday as we waited for the bus one last time for this school year.
Lucky, lucky for me, my friend Lourdes has a work schedule almost completely opposite of mine. We've worked it out so that her daughter is with me most mornings and that she'll come over and keep an eye on mine while I hole up in my office on her available afternoons. With three kids between us, it doesn't feel like too much--especially since in many ways our kids have grown up together. I'm happy to have Moira along with my kids--and my kids consider Lourdes a lifelong friend.
Do you have a summer sister? Someone who's willing to be there for you in the in between times when you need an extra hand? Someone whose kids you feel are in some way your very own? Tell us about your summer sisters in the comments below.