Today we start swim lessons and I can't help but remember last year. While all the other moms would talk and read and check their email, looking up every 5 minutes to check on their children's progress, I continually scanned the pool (they were all on a different level and in different parts of the pool) to ensure I gathered enough information for the drive home. "Mom, did you see me dive into the pool?" "Mom, were you watching my backstroke?" "Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, where you watching ME?" Someone with 1 child could spend 10 minutes observing their child's progress and 50 minutes relaxing. If I spend 10 minutes a child, I do nothing else the whole time.
This year I have all 6 kids in lessons (last year Matthew was out due to a cast on his left arm) each in a different level. I've decided to save myself the hassle of watching all of the kids by choosing favorites. That's right, I said I'm choosing favorites. I've seen it done before. One child can get the majority of the attention while the others are given an attention level barely above ignored. It is a good plan, but I need to figure out which child to pick.
I was thinking of staging a trampoline cage match, but couldn't decide if the winner or loser should get the favored position. Perhaps I should use a sword in the stone technique, but then I'd have to deal with the whining over who got the first turn. I would go with the most clean and organized, but none of them qualify. A writing essay wouldn't be fair to the kids who can't read yet.
Maybe I should narrow it down to two favorites. Surely I can pick my top half? Two thirds? I think I have it now. I can, without any effort, chose my top 6 children. I will focus my attention on them for now. See, choosing favorites is a great idea.
Just got home from lessons and decided the best plan is to ignore them all equally. Next lesson I might drop them off and go to Dunkin Donuts by myself. Just kidding. Sort of.