If the impending arrival of the kids were a film set, and they were the cast, I think my job could be described as the assistant set designer. I help with all the “below the line” dressing or setting the scene.
Yesterday was a case in point. I slept over, then woke up and got K up so Avdi could take him to school (it was raining and cold). After A and I ran some errands, he worked upstairs all day, while I worked below stairs on cleaning, organizing, and laundering the kids’ areas.
It’s a big job, not done yet. There were piles of trash, dirty clothes and bedding, and scattered kid stuff to sort. I also straightened up Percy the PigWig’s area while I was at it. (I think he’s more of a prop than a cast member.) It already looks a lot better down there. The objective is to provide a clean slate to welcome them. They may proceed to re-trash it, but that’s a storyline for another day.
I did several other jobs as well, and then made a Mex-style dinner for the three of us, which they seemed to appreciate. We’re starting to get into a routine pattern, like rehearsing for an upcoming production. A big production! Fortunately, I get a day off to stay home and rest up for the next work day, tomorrow, erev Shabbat. No more just dying slowly for me!