I recently read a post by University Mama about how she uses homework as an excuse to get out of doing those things she really doesn't want to do. I laughed, because I have been there, too. My homework is such a convenient excuse! Most of the time, it's a legit excuse as well.
For the past two years, my backpack has been my constant companion. One friend of mine used to call it my "appendage". These days, however, my backpack isn't my only buddy. Larry the Laptop or Myrtle the Mini are also close at hand. I like Myrtle because she's small and doesn't say much, but she's very handy. Myrtle also doesn't weigh as much as Larry, so hauling her around is much easier on my back and shoulders.
My daughter is on her high school volleyball team and she has played club volleyball for the past two years as well. That means I (and Larry or Myrtle) go to lots of volleyball games and tournaments. The parents on the team have gotten used to seeing me with my "appendage". They know when I am holed up in a hotel room or in the corner of the gym at the top of the bleachers with my computer that I am studying and don't want to be bothered. I am only social when I want to be. I don't lolly-gag around making small talk, etc. I am a woman on a mission.
There have been many times when my husband has had to do the volleyball parent thing because I have had a paper due, an exam to study for or a project I had to work on. I, too, am wondering what life will be like without homework. What will I use for an excuse then?
I am not an academic stick in the mud, though. I have been known to break down and do fun stuff. It's just that I REEEAAAALLLLLYYY like being a student! Hmm - now there's a thought. Maybe I can become a professional student! How's THAT for an excuse??!! Stay tuned . . .