Yesterday the school buses ran their routes again, mothers frantically packed lunches that would pass as “healthy” from the lunchroom monitors and children drug their hesitant, sleepy feet back into the classroom for two more months of learning.
Spring Break is over, folks, and school is back in session.
I found it amusing that my two children, who are preschoolers, displayed such a strong emotion about Spring Break. On their final day of school before the break, they sounded like miniature versions of graduating high school seniors as they praised the joy that is Spring Break.
I had to bite my tongue to keep from reminding them that they attend school a maximum of eight hours a week and that said school happens to be one of the most fun places on earth in their opinion on most days. How could anyone rejoice leaving the “confines” of a place that is painted ceiling to floor in bright, jungle-themed murals and serves snack on a regular basis?
Yet, my two were thrilled with the idea of a break from the torture and slave-driving that is preschool.
Our week of break started off fairly low-key. We bid farewell to the grandparents who had come to visit us over the weekend, we made a trip to the kiddie hair salon, we had a picnic at the park, we filmed a live segment for the local television station.
Yep, we filmed a live segment for the local television station.
A few weeks prior to Spring Break, I had been contacted by a local television station who asked if I would be interested in doing a segment on Spring Break activities for families. Um, yes, please. I did film a commercial for my hometown’s sports complex when I was in the fourth grade and was also Nurse #4 in my high school’s production of “South Pacific” so it made perfect sense for the next move in my performing arts career to be a spot on the local news.
Our orignal day to be on the news was the Tuesday of Spring Break. However, we were bumped from that time slot at the last minute but did get picked up to be featured on Thursday. Although making it to the big city from the suburbs at an early hour called for an unfortunate wake-up time that day, our little family of four was more than excited to participate in this event.
Here are a few things I learned from my three minute stint on the local news:
1. What I consider to be “pale” and “tired”, was deemed “My Look” by the make-up artist as she praised my fair skin and red hair. I figure I will even be more pale and more tired in my forties, so therefor I am slightly excited to see how “My Look” works for me then…
2. Young children are a novelty, especially to perky morning news anchors. The children were featured on a live shot as the news was going to break during one segment. Fortunately everyone smiled and no one was fussing about some sort of major injustice they just endured.
3. There is a device simply laying around on the ground of a television studio that can speed up the teleprompter. Said device was almost stepped on by one of my children during a news segment. Lovely.
4. Miss E, who apparently is ready for her close-up, has no qualms about informing our metroplex area that she is ready for a cookie. Yep, that is what she tells me at the end of the segment.
5. The husband was in studio with us, although never featured on camera. He served as purse-holder, child-wrangler and nerve-calmer that day.
6. I could get used to having someone else do my make-up in the morning. See my made up face?? I wore that all day long, even after we returned home and I traded the blue dress in for a pair of yoga pants and a t-shirt. I am fairly certain I was the most glamorous looking mom cleaning bathrooms on our block that day.
7. The live camera shot of an upcoming guest waving at the camera is painful. PAINFUL. Especially when the cameraman suddenly stops mid-conversation to tell you to wave.
8. The girl is obsessed with cooking, even at 7am. This chef happens to be Lisa Garza, from the Food Network. Apparently she and Miss E. had quite the conversation about cooking. I am wishing E. had invited Chef Garza to her birthday party, since I am pulling for it to have a cooking theme.
9. I am obsessed with cooking, even at 7am.
10. Sharing my ideas, which are usually written and done in the privacy of my own home, with others live on television was a unique experience that proved to be both fun and rewarding. If you haven’t seen the clip of my segment already, you can check it out here.
Thanks, Fox 4 Good Day, for a fun morning and an exciting way to spend a small portion of our Spring Break!