Feelin’ like a kid again!
Today was the last day of school in our town! The joy and shrieks of delight from the children are matched only by the sense of impending doom that many moms are feeling as their kids come barreling into house full of glee, only to start fighting with each other five minutes later. One of my mom friends told me this morning that she already had to threaten to send all of her kids to “naughty camp!” I asked her if we could get a group rate….
While I am happy about not having to deal with the crazy morning rush and am DELIGHTED to not have to say “YOU ARE GOING TO MISS THE BUS!!!!” or “YES, YOU HAVE TO WEAR UNDERWEAR TO SCHOOL” at any point during the next 3 months, this is my first summer with two kids and I am a little nervous. I worry about taking two kids to the pool, how I will entertain a 5 year old while dealing with a 5 month old, and trying to make sure Anthony doesn’t forget everything he learned this year. I’ve been letting all of this get in the way of the basic principal of Summer break…. having FUN!!!
So my tip for the day is this, if at all possible, try to be outside when the kids are getting off of the school bus on the last day of school. There’s an infections wave of joy and excitement that radiates off of all of the students and you can’t help but smile remembering what that felt like when you were younger. I happened to be on the porch when the middle school bus pulled up today and it was just awesome. Everyone was smiling and happy! (Think about it, when was the last time you saw a gaggle of 6-8 graders all smiling?!?) The tangible buzz in the air is something that took me right back to the days of bursting off the bus and into a summer that was full of promise, ice cream, fireworks, lightning bugs and swimming!
(By the way, if you can’t catch the bus run, just call up a friend who is a teacher and ask how they are. It’s like witnessing Christmas, their birthday and Halloween all at once!) 😉
One of the best things about having kids is that you get to do all that fun stuff again! Wearing glow bracelets to an evening business event… not a strong career move. Wearing them on both arms, around your neck, ankles and one as a headband with you are out at dusk with all the neighborhood children? Totally cool!
So go and try to have as much fun as possible. I’m not saying it’s going to be all picnics and parades. As a matter of fact during the past 5 minutes I found my son and his buddy launching monster trucks off the dining room table at the china cabinet, so I sent them downstairs only to get called down 2 minutes later because Anthony waited too long to use the bathroom and peed all over his pants (and the floor and himself). sigh.
Where’s the number for sleep away camp?!? Never mind, bring on the ice cream!
Here’s to a FUN summer!