Many parents are singing praises and thanking the heavens that school has begun this week.
“I can’t WAIT to send the kids back!” I’ve been hearing. “This was the longest, hottest summer EVER!”
But, this time of year is always bittersweet for me.
My husband is a teacher, so he, along with my two sons, head back to the classroom for another year of homework, tests and interesting school stories.
I go back to my routine of packing snacks and lunches, checking homework and rushing around in the morning to make sure everyone has their library books and art smocks.
I always look back at our summer thinking, “Where did it go?!” But seldom do I have regrets.
We pack every summer as tightly as we can, kicking things off with our annual garage sale . Our goal each year is to skip town as soon as school is over and get a change of scenery for a while. It's such an exciting time of the year!
This year we took a cross-country road trip to Montana and the Canadian Rockies filling our minds with beautiful memories.
When we return from our annual Holtzhafer , summers are filled with pool time, , backyard BBQs and daytrips around the area.
We also reserve 10 days each summer , Robert, and the other New York City children who visit through the Fresh Air Fund each year. It’s such an amazing time for all of us.
I think that’s what life is about. Squeezing as much as we can into the time we have. Living life to the fullest!
We treasure each day we have together. We love having Robert stay with us and are sad to watch him leave. But we know that every summer we will get this opportunity again and again.
Now the new school year is upon us, and I’m happy to say goodbye to summer and get back to a regular schedule.
I’m sad that my boys will be gone all day. I’m sad that I have to iron dress shirts and pack lunches every day. I’m sad I can’t sleep past 7 a.m. on weekdays.
But I’m happy that I can help in a classroom and watch the kids learn and grow for another school year. I’m happy that we have all of the holiday events to look forward to. I’m happy that it’s going to finally COOL OFF!
It’s a season of change and progress. And for that I’m ready! Summer 2012, you’ve been good to us. But it’s time to get back to reality.