This will be our last week of Kindercare. Tyoma has been away for three weeks and he is doing well. The 12 hours of free time per week will be missed and I worry about coping with nonstop care-taking.

Without relatives to give a reprieve, will I perish from overwork or grind myself into depression? Naw. But I was grateful to family and KinderCare when I was ill with the flu. My feeblest efforts were not enough, and Egorhad to work.

Perhaps that is why so many kids come to Kindercare sick. Other parents struggle, too. Tyoma seems health and happy. Complete and relaxed. This is the right decision. My only worry now is how to keep him interacting with other children. Soon, this will be the majority of his day! He runs amok at the public library, bookstore, and all of the places with gentle peer interaction. Story times don’t hold his interest and he runs off and crowded playgrounds make him cry. I will call the Russian babysitter with two young daughters and see what we can do. It’s a start.

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