Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The next big thing

Wednesday represents a major change in my life. Not a birthday, or a anniversary. Today is the day I took the big plunge and left work to go back to college.

I'm 36 years old, so the decision to restart my college degree is probably a bit unusual. Fortunately I wont have to worry about schleping around on campus-I'll be doing college online.

The biggest change comes from being the breadwinner of the family to being Mr Mom. Although, I will still be bringing in income. The GI Bill pays me over a $1000 a month to go to college, and federal tuition assistance will pay for my college costs. In essence, I can have a part time job from home, college, while my wife works. Not a bad deal when you think about it.

But now I go from inventorying military equipment to organizing Barbie dolls. From ordering food for 130 soldiers to cooking for myself and 2 kids. From keeping track of dozens of rifles to keeping track of dozens of loads of laundry. And figuring out just when the heck I'm supposed to use Woolite and when I can use Tide.

Honestly, though, the most terrifying prospect for this Iraq combat veteran is figuring out how put my 5 year old daughter's hair into a ponytail. I have a hard enough time finding clothes for me that match, now I will have an 8 year old boy and a 5 year old girl looking to me for fashion advice. I've been wearing army green for the last 1,095 days. I may be out of touch.

In any case, I hope to have more time for blogging, especially as the election draws near and the war in Iraq moves closer to a victory. The same rule applies to what I post on though-I try to only talk about things I can speak about intelligently, and hopefully on subjects where my experiences and perspective are not just preaching to the choir.


Il Duce' said...

Congrats on going back! I'd recommend it to anyone that can afford it. 36 is the perfect time to learn new things. I went back at 40 and I should graduate when I'm 43.

Be sure to post some school work, it's always interesting even if to show how stupid school can be. I am currently writing Lego instructions for a class.

maxxdog said...

At eight and five you won't be doing the diaper thing, so you got that going for you.
It might present a challenge but I'm sure you know how to deal with that.