We’ve had a good summer: we’ve gone to the pool and the beach more times than I can count. The boys have played and had a ton of fun.
But there’s just something about August: being out of school for two months already, the kids getting on each other’s nerves from too much togetherness, the start of “I’m bored,” and just knowing these summer days are coming to an end. It makes me start that countdown til school starts.
Once school starts, I won’t have to try as hard to balance work and the kids(well, at least not during school hours anyway). No calculating exactly how long we can stay at the pool before I need to get back to work and no feeling totally guilty for those days that we don’t get a chance to leave the house at all because mama’s gotta work.
And this is the first year when all of my boys will be in school five days a week. The youngest for just half day, but still: even five half days of kid-free time sounds like a lot right now.
So there goes my countdown: less than two weeks until I can work without being asked for a snack, being asked to go to the pool, being asked to go here, there, and anywhere that is not just staying at home. Less than two weeks til I don’t have to break up fights until afterschool hours. When I can sit down to work and know that I’m not going to be interrupted. Or at least, not interrupted as often as I am in summertime.
And right now, on a day when I’ve had to yell things like “Don’t hit your brother with Super Mario!” and “The cat is not a football!” and “Just a minute, Mommy is working,” that sounds heavenly.
But the truth is, I’ve enjoyed the days of summer when we didn’t have to be dressed and out the door by a certain hour. And therefore not in bed by a certain time either.
When we could head to the beach or the pool or a movie or the bounce place or to the park or to get ice cream on a whim.
When our schedule was just ours: no school, homework, sports, or anything else dictating when we needed to be where.
In less than two weeks, my house will be quieter during the day and then filled with homework, soccer, and stricter bedtimes at night.
And while the quiet will be welcome, I’m not quite ready to go back to such scheduled days. Not ready to let my boys go.
So I’ll enjoy these last days of the freedom that comes with summer.
Though I think I’m going to throw out that Super Mario toy. “Boys, that’s not a weapon!”
Are you ready for school to start again or do you want more of summer?
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