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Carpooling Matrix

May 2, 2012

Written by Marykate Wurster, mom of 3 from Riverside, Connecticut

Photo by gagilas

My friend Sarah can move and organize children with the strategy of a master chess player in the championship tournament. Her plans are intricate, and precise, detailed and executed flawlessly. She brings together mothers, with children the same ages and in similar activities and organizes us in ways none of us really understand. Only Sarah. When Sarah tries to explain the master plan to me my ears start ringing and my nose twitches and I start to feel a throbbing sensation in the back of my neck. And then I get confused and forget where I am supposed to be when.

So we have all accepted her as our general and we, the faithful soldiers, trust in her carefully laid plans. If Goldman Sachs knew about her she would undoubtedly be recruited and put to work on algorithms or computer programming or something else that causes me intense anxiety. I am glad they don’t, it’s spring and soccer and lacrosse just started.

Who else carpools? Do you have a friend like this? If not, you must find out who this person is in your town and be very, very nice to her.

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  1. Drew Lamm

      on May 3, 2012 7:33 am

    Snappy, witty and she nails those of us who experience math and logic like a bad flu. Brilliant. Please send Sarah to my house now!


  2. Anne Schenendorf

      on May 3, 2012 7:41 am

    I love this!!! I feel like this is the amazing mystery of parenthood. There is always a brilliant puppetier behind it. My puppetier is my hubby- someone great at simplifying the great algorithms of our lives. Thank goodness for the Sarahs if the world…


  3. Marta Kyle

      on May 3, 2012 9:09 am

    It’s awesome when great people like Sarah come into our busy lives!! Being able to recognize our gifts and put them to good use to help others is very rewarding. We should all know our strengths and use them wisely. Great insight thanks for sharing!!!


  4. Anita Bausman

      on May 3, 2012 9:58 am

    As they say “it takes a village!” and sometimes a few very organized friends to squeak by in our very over-booked schedules. Just don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!!


  5. Tara

      on May 3, 2012 11:26 am

    LOVE that you have a blog!!! I started one in January but haven’t posted it yet. It’s not ready, soon though maybe. Congrats on this! Funny stuff :) xo


  6. Sarah Trager

      on May 3, 2012 12:57 pm

    Okay…I have to admit, MK has made me out to be much smarter and much nicer than I actually am. While I admit to arranging many carpools and countless playdates, what she hasn’t mentioned to all of you is that I, too, am benefitting from these scenarios. So, perhaps I am not nice or smart after all…just a desperate stay-at-home-mom of 4! MK is the REAL saint here. How she does it all with such grace amazes me every day. xoxo


  7. marykate

      on May 3, 2012 3:08 pm

    Thanks Sarah, you are a kind dear friend. And though you deflect – your carpools I will honestly never understand! But I am glad I am a part of them. You rock sister!


  8. Marykate Wurster

      on May 3, 2012 4:55 pm

    Thanks for all the comments – every busy mom truly appreciates someone who can keep us organized – carpool masters such as Sarah :), class parents (Sarah) – we all need it! And so true Anita – as hard as it seems sometimes, so important to stop and take stock of what we have.


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