September Madness

The blog advisors will tell you to avoid apologizing for an absence. They say that nobody wants to hear why you’ve missed a few blog posts. But I’m going to break the rule and apologize. September has come at our family with a vengeance and I am just catching up in time for October.

What is it about September that makes the rest of the year seem dull and routine? In my world, September will always be the beginning of the year. January will just be another month of winter. September is where the action is. The obvious reason for this is the beginning of school. Pre-school, grade school and university students are all starting a new chapter. And this has an odd effect on all of us. Holidays come to a halt, and routines begin again. There are no more delays in co-workers returning e-mails or lunch hours running long. September seems to imply that we must all return to a standard of professionalism. We begin new projects. Church committees re-convene, beer league sports start practicing, book clubs resume their usual schedule, and public transportation is crowded again.

There is also the end to the gardening season. This means dismantling what you’ve worked hard at creating for the past four months. It also means going through the process of figuring out what you’re going to do with a thousand pounds of apples. Or, in our case, wondering how to fit all the cucumbers in the fridge or on the countertop.

September is madness.

To add to the chaos, the beginning of this year is exceptionally important for me. For me, it emphasizes the decision to not return to [conventional] work. My maternity leave is coming an end and we’ve decided that we need to get more creative about how we are living as a family. The decision to become a – gulp – ‘mother-who-does-not-work-in-the-capitalist-sense-of-the-word’ has been both difficult and liberating. More to come next post. After all, September is almost done and doesn’t that mean I can get back into blogging routine?

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9 Responses to “September Madness”


  1. 1 Prerna September 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    SO good to see you back! Look forward to taking October, one day at a time, with you!
    Blessings.

  2. 3 Blessie September 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Glad to see you back blogging! I know the work decision has been a tough one for you. May it be the beginning of many great things!

  3. 5 Michelle September 25, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Agreed – September always feels like a new beginning for me too. I love having our routine back. Great to hear that you’ve decided to be home for the next little bit. Enjoy your days with the girls. They’re only little for a few years and I’m so thankful that I can spend my time with the kids. And I love your reference to non-capitalist work! Our time is definitely not spent eating bon bons and watching our “stories.” Geez, what a disjointed response!

  4. 7 Dad September 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Laura, a great Blog! Love your style. September really is the beginning of a New Year!


  1. 1 Working Mothers at Home – Part 1 « Tortoise on the Loose Trackback on October 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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