Having a day off – vacation or holiday – disrupts the flow of daily life in my head.
Having celebrated Independence Day on Thursday, I woke up thinking that Friday was Sunday. Thursday seemed like Saturday…so there was disappointment. No tantrum, no whining, just disappointment.
Now, it really is Saturday and I have no trouble adjusting to the down time – it’s the gearing up for work, or the mistaken idea that I don’t have to work the next day, that throws me off my game. Just a little.
Having a day off – vacation day or holiday – does so much more than disrupt the flow of my daughter’s daily life. My daughter never knows what day it is. A calendar doesn’t help her keep track.
I can only imagine the ongoing frustration of wondering what day is next, what happens next. When she was home, we kept to a rigid schedule. ‘Spontaneous’ was never a good word. My daughter + spontaneous = spontaneous combustion.
This is why her residence/school is so strictly regimented. The same routine day after day eliminates some of that stress. They do have planned fun activities, special celebrations, but , out of necessity, they generally fall within the rigid schedule of the day.