Photo from BellaMUMMA.
The kids’ anticipation for summer break is growing. The jubilant energy buzzing through the air is spilling out of the classrooms and halls onto the playground and into our car as we drive away from school. I especially noticed it last Friday. There are still more performances, field trips, celebrations, and graduations to attend, but the kids are starting to ask on a daily basis, ”How many days of school are left”…they don’t seem to care that the weather isn’t cooperating quite yet. They are just excited for a break.
I love spending summers with the kids, but I’m also feeling nostalgic as the year comes to a close. Our children are growing up so fast. I will never go to another first day of Kindergarten for my children again and it makes me sad. My oldest daughter will be entering fourth grade in September. She will get “real” letter grades next year. Her body is changing. More milestones met…I know change is part of life, but the time is flying by too quickly and the inevitable is happening. As each new summer approaches, the kids are getting a year older and growing up. I wish they would slow down just a little.
I cherish the time I spend with our daughters during the summer. We do things and go places we don’t usually have the opportunity to do during the school year. I feel lucky.
There will be a transition period of course. We will have to find a new rhythm. Inevitably, there will be quarrels, impatience, and petty irritations that arise as we get used to spending 24/7 together, but mostly there will be R & R, laughter, fun, and adventure.
I loosen up on rules and “getting things done” during the summer months, and my husband will be relieved that there will be no stressful mornings of me rushing around trying to get the kids fed, dressed, and out the door to get them to school on time. I always say I’ll do it differently next year, but it gets so busy during the school year that it’s hard to keep up. Sometimes I fantasize about not sending them back to school…maybe traveling around the world or homeschooling? I snap back to reality pretty quickly and realize that we’ve got it pretty darn good just the way it is.
Summer is near…
My goals for this summer are simple—enjoy every day with my family, be adventurous, spend every possible sunny moment outside enjoying nature, have fun, excersice, cook delicious meals and desserts, relax, read lots of books, learn from living, dilly dally, hang with friends, go to art museums, create art, travel, and celebrate life to the fullest!
Now if I could just figure out how to do that all year long…