When someone asks me what I do, it’s hard to know which role I should state first. Am I a literacy consultant, an author, or both? Do I throw-in mom or blogger into my job description since those are big parts of who I am? Should I make a joke that I am a part-time laundress because my family of four generates more clothes than some families of six? It’s hard to say.
I shy away from work travel during the month of March since the managing the SOLSC is a full-time job. However, the Virginia State Reading Association (whose President is Slicer Jennifer Floyd!) invited me to speak at their annual conference in Norfolk. I wanted to say yes… so I did.
I travel to Norfolk tomorrow. But tonight, amidst printing the kids’ schedules for my in-laws, folding laundry, and packing my suitcase, I had another important job to do. I needed to inspect the kids’ nails. You see, my husband, who is a super hands-on dad, has never clipped either of the kids’ nails since becoming a parent over eight years ago. It’s always been my job. Therefore, it’s one of the many things I make sure I take care of before I leave for a work trip. Last spring, I went away for five nights and returned home to children who seemed to have sprouted claws in my absence!
So tonight, I checked toenails first. Everything was good! Next, I inspected fingernails. That’s when I discovered Ari was due for a nail clipping. So, while I should’ve been making sure a list of all of the necessary technology I need to bring, I was clipping nails. Because, well, I am the kids’ nail tech!
So, add another role to my list. I am the chief nail technician for those 41 and under in my house. It’s not a great job, but somebody has to do it.