I’ve started preparing my kids for my upcoming return to legal work. Sadie, who’s familiar with the “jitters” because Fancy Nancy’s little sister JoJo had then before she started school, asked me if I had a case of the jitters.
After making a mental note to stop hating on Fancy Nancy, because LOOK! She taught Sadie the word “jitters,” I decided I would take her question seriously. Turns out, my little Sadie has lots of great suggestions on how I can sooth myself if I start missing her and Simon when I’m at my new job.
Here’s how it went:
Sadie: Do you have the jitters, mom?
Me: Sadie, that’s a good question. I do have the jitters. What should I do?
Sadie: You should remember that you’ll always come home at the end of the day.
Me: But what if I miss you and Simon and Daddy while I’m at work?
Sadie: You could take a plate with Willie Nelson’s picture on it to work. You love Willie Nelson. And you would be happy when you eat your lunch and see his face.
Me: What a great idea. But, I’m fresh out of Willie Nelson-themed dishes. Maybe I’ll take some pictures of you all to put on my desk.
Sadie: I know! I can draw you a picture of myself so you can look at it when you miss me. I’ll make a girl with curly hair so you know it’s me.
Me: That’s a great idea.
Sadie: But sometimes you’re just going to feel sad and that’s ok too. I’ll have lots of hugs for you when you get home.
Me: That’s a deal.
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Now my brief case and business casual wardrobe have been dusted off! I’ve got pictures my kids to help me transition from mostly full-time mom to part-time mom/part-time lawyer.
Anyone returned to work have other transition suggestions for me? I’m all ears!