Lay Off, Love On

The day begins in the usual, precision-oriented way. 5:40am - Alarm buzzes, leaving me time for one snooze before my workout. 7:00am - First pajama-clad child slips into the kitchen, greeted by Mommy-in-Action, a sweaty, energized whirl of efficiency, packing lunches, pouring milk, spreading butter on toast. Two remaining children are nowhere to be seen. [...]