School starts in 7 days.
We have nothing ready.
NO things, to be exact, unless you count the grubby, holey clothes my children already own, in which I fully intend to send them to school.
This is OK with me.
This is fine.
I’m over new school clothes and over new school shoes. Statistically, only 1 out of every 5 Woolsey children gives a poop about wearing clean, new clothes to school, and that one is already away at college and therefore theoretically capable of worrying about her own damn clothes this year. The rest of the minions? All of my efforts are lost on them. ALL OF THEM. EVERY EFFORT = LOST. They do not care, friends. And so, because I have neither the time nor the funds to artificially care on their behalf in order to meet a social standard for dressing and shodding children in overpriced gear so I can hold my head up in the mommy circles, I also do not care.
But people seem to want me to care. And to be prepared.
Are You Prepared for Back-to-School? <— I keep seeing articles with titles like this. And every time I think, “Hahahaha! NO. No, I’m not prepared. I didn’t have time to wash myself today; OF COURSE I’M NOT PREPARED FOR NEXT WEEK. What kind of a dumbass question is ARE YOU PREPARED?”
But then I started to wonder what prepared means, exactly.
What’s pared and why to I want to be before that?
And so, because I love words, I looked up the etymology of prepare. The history. The original meaning. And you know what I learned, guys? THIS IS SO GREAT. For reals. SO, SO great…
Prepared is derived from two Latin words: prae which means before and parare which means make ready.
Literally, the word prepare means before making ready.
Guys! Guys. Guys. To be prepared does not mean we are making ready. It means we are before making ready.
If we are prepared — if we are preparing — we are prior to making ready. We not yet making ready. We are not arrived at making ready.
Which means I AM SO PREPARED, y’all.
Next time people ask me, “Are you prepared for school to start?” I can say, “YES! I TOTALLY AM!” I am COMPLETELY before making ready. No school supplies in sight. No schedules or lists. No carpool arrangements. No clothes. No shoes. NOTHING. Nada. Zilch. Zippo. I AM COMPLETELY PREPARED.
THIS IS WHY LANGUAGE IS IMPORTANT, FRIENDS; it helps you EXPLAIN THINGS.
So, in case you’re in the same boat as me with school about to start or already started and you have not made ready, then YOU ARE PREPARED. Unless you’ve made ready, in which care you’re not prepared at all, and we feel sad for you.
With love and GREAT PREPAREDNESS,