Mums. Amazing, aren’t they? Meet four local ladies who’ve made a fine art of being ’mum’s taxi’ out of sheer willpower to make it work.
Carrie Keir Indygo 10, Zima 8, Navy 6, Finella 5
The only day Carrie Keir has off being mum’s taxi is Sunday. With four sports-loving kids, her schedule is packed. On Monday afternoon, eldest son Indygo trains for North Queensland United U11 NPL (soccer) while on Tuesday he trains for Brothers U11 Blue (soccer). Things gear up on Wednesday with Indy training for NQ United, sons Zima and Navy doing Kick n Push at the Murray Sporting Complex Skate Park and the little lady of the family, Finella, training for Brothers U6 Red (soccer).
Thursday, you guessed it, more training and Friday and Saturday are game days. Oh and did we mention Carrie and her husband Ash work full-time at Energy Queensland and also own two businesses — Greenview Turf & Joan’s Ironing Service?
“I’m a local girl and have a large network of friends and family who I count on to help make it work,” Carrie says. Still, some days things don’t go quite as planned. “Being the habitual over-committer, I’d booked mum’s taxi into the mechanic for some much-needed tender loving care,” Carrie says. “I’d arranged for the children to be delivered to their various activities but the mechanic was delayed and, with our tight schedule and each element relying upon the next, one by one all the balls I had in the air started to drop.
“Fortunately, after a number of desperate phone calls, I managed to salvage the situation. It goes without saying that once all the kids were in bed I treated myself to a glass of wine (or two… maybe three)!