It's the most perilous journey there is. You are going out into the unknown. What challenge faces you today?! Don't get me wrong there are the days where it is the most boring job ever. You walk to school, stand in the playground side by side with all of the other Mums awaiting the same whirlwind to be released from the classroom. Inevitably they will run out of the classroom asking if a friend can come round for tea (always putting you on the spot), complaining they are hungry or thirsty, the teacher wants to talk to you or they have a bumped head sticker displayed proudly on their chest like a trophy of the day!
The walk home can be boring, you get filled in on what they have done (nothing usually, really in 6.5 hours they did nothing??), all goes well and you get home in record time. Those days are few and far between though. More recent times bring a Thing 5 who can release himself from the pram, Thing 4 wanting to jump on his Micro Scooter and scoot home from school (that's if you remembered to take it like you were told to!) and Thing 3 comes out of school like a bear with a sore head and you have to try and change the situation before it turns into a full on Kevin the Teenager strop, you know the one!
I look forward to the school run, that's the part where you are walking to school on your own for 10 minutes, the calm before the storm. The silence before it all erupts and the kiddies are home from school. Don't get me wrong, on rare days they can walk home with the military precision of the Von Trapp children. We have a lovely chat about their day, Thing 5 picks me some flowers (usually dandelions but the thought was there) and Thing 3 comes out of school happy and willing to hold a conversation that doesn't involve moaning. Those days are fab and as long as it's not raining you enjoy the walk. Add in rain to your journey and you wish there was the American style yellow buses that dropped them home for you, not only cutting out the school run but cutting down the traffic too, school traffic is a nightmare.