A day in the life of mom

Linda Conway Eriksson - Contributing Columnist

Note to self — “Organize, fool, organize!”

Wednesday, May 31 started out like this.

5:15 a.m. — Up and (slowly) going. Coffee is manna from the gods any morning before 6 a.m.

6:45 a.m. — Newspaper read. Coffee ingested. Text messages answered.

Giant plan for the day formulated — Go in to work early, leave and get on the road by 3:30 p.m., drive to Dayton for granddaughter Katie’s state lacrosse tournament semifinal game at 5:30 p.m. Dinner in the car either going or coming back to Columbus. (Blow a kiss in the direction of London on the way to and from the game.) Get home, send in my column to ever patient and long suffering Diana at The Madison Press.

8:11 a.m. — Clocked into my day job. What do I do when I’m not writing my column? I edit and write for Nationwide Children’s Hospital — go figure!

3:26 p.m. — Clocked out of my day job. Desk semi-organized, first thing in the morning work stacked in order of priority, clothes changed for bleacher sitting. (No, it wasn’t in a phone booth like Superman, but a similar small space.)

3:30 p.m. — Grammie, start your engine. On the road to Dayton, on time and as planned a feat in and of itself.

4:20 p.m. — Stopped at the outskirts of Springfield for a drive-thru cheeseburger. No, I didn’t get fries with that.

5 p.m. — Downtown Dayton in my sights. Followed printed directions (very small print lots of squinting). Many large trucks going through downtown Dayton taking the idea of rush hour very seriously.

5:20 p.m. — Navigated lots of similarly-named neighborhood streets. Found Lane Stadium (no small thing). Got a primo parking space close to the gate where one buys tickets thanks to a gentleman in a large truck who backed out just as I turned in. I was obviously meant to be there.

5:25 p.m. — Seated and ready five minutes before game time.

5:30 to 6:45 p.m. — Watched a terrific high school lacrosse game. Sat off and on with Jenny and Chris’s friends, yelled loud encouragement and applauded vigorously at every opportunity, texted Jenny (who was home sick) after every score.

7 to 8:20 p.m. — Drove home from Dayton. Reported the doings of the day to Pop-Pop (otherwise known as my husband Carl).

8:45 to 10 p.m. — Wrote this column!

Katie’s team won 22-4, so I will have the chance to do it all again Saturday afternoon (June 3) at 2 p.m. at the state championship game in Delaware.

It’s been so much fun over the years to go to the various things my grandchildren do. I’ve watched grandchildren play basketball; play in piano recitals; play instruments in band concerts and at football games; show animals and projects at the Madison County Fair and the Ohio State Fair; wrestle; run track; ride in horse shows; play lacrosse and football; go to school dances; go on school trips; perform in plays at school and at church; and so many other activities.

Of course not everyone does all these things, but spread out among seven there’s always something going on.

Some activities stretch out over whole days. If you depended on the concessionaires for your meals, especially at athletic events, you’d be limited to half a dozen sandwich-type selections. Why not pack a lunch? There are some sandwiches that are easy to put together, pack and last well, and they beat the same old tired hot dogs and burgers at mid-day. This is one of my favorites.


8 of your favorite buns (I like egg buns)

1 to 1 1/2 pounds lean sliced ham

8 slices of your favorite cheese (Swiss does really well; so do cheddar and muenster)

poppy seed salad dressing (1 to 2 teaspoons per sandwich should do it)

Assemble sandwiches, wrap in aluminum foil, and place in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. These are good hot, warm, or room temperature.

Makes eight sandwiches.


Linda Conway Eriksson

Contributing Columnist

Linda Conway Eriksson can be reached at lindaconwayeriksson@gmail.com.

Linda Conway Eriksson can be reached at lindaconwayeriksson@gmail.com.