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I hope you all had a great summer. I can’t believe its September already. Where did the time go? I don’t know about you, but I have not settled into early wake up calls, being annoyingly list oriented, shipping my kids off all day, and crazy packed schedules. I do love fall, but I’ve been hanging on to thoughts of summer the last couple of weeks.
A few days ago, a parent asked me, “Aren’t you glad summer is over? I feel like a cruise director all summer long.”
No, I’m not glad summer is over! I don’t mind being the cruise director. In fact, I think it’s pretty fun.
Sometimes moms, who like to be around their kids all the time, are labeled “weird”. I think that’s weird, but whatever…
It’s not like every second of every day at home with the kids is peaches and cream. I do feel like ripping my hair out sometimes when they get into some stupid screaming fight about who said what when. But, I love the freedom and possibilities of summer. Summertime is less about schedules and goals; and more about bonding, popsicles, and adventures.
Sure, I get less work done in the summer and our house tends to get messier, but that time with our kids is worth it to me. I also realize that with each passing summer, that is one less summer that I will share with the kids before they leave the nest for good. I’ll have plenty of time to myself later, and knowing myself like I do; I will look back and wish I had spent even more time with the kids when they were little.
Fall is bittersweet for me.
I do love the spider webs, fog, and beautiful burnt orange leaves that Fall brings. I love the energy that comes along with new teachers, friends, activities, and holidays to come. I also love the fact that every Fall, I tend to re-evaluate my life. I do this because each September, I am reminded that with each passing school year, I’m a year older too.
Where am I at in my life? Where do I want to be? Am I on the right track? How are the kids doing, really? How is my marriage? What can we work on? (We celebrated twenty years together last month.) Am I connecting enough with friends and loved ones? What is going on in the world around me? What can I do to make a difference? Where do I fit in? (By that, I mean, where would I best like to use my energy for positive outcomes.) Am I doing what is really right for me, as an individual? Am I being a good role model for our kids? So much to think about…
Fall is also a great time to look at your life patterns and decide which you want to alter. It’s a great time to focus on setting goals that you want to reach in the next year. (Think of it as New Year’s resolutions four months early.)
I never do New Year’s resolutions. It’s probably because I’ve already started working on new goals or ideas in September. Think about that! You could be reaching your goals while some people are just making theirs.
What does back to school season mean to you?
I have to run…
I hope that you are well, and that you are more settled into the new school routine than I am.
I’ll be back real soon.