The last Monday, the last field trip, the last packed lunch, the last walk to school. All counting down to Friday, the last day of school. Then….”SCHOOL’S OUT FOR THE SUMMER…SCHOOL’S OUT FOREVER!” Many parents think, “Oh yeah, I get my kids for the whole summer.” Other parents think, ”Oh, shit, I get my kids for the whole summer.” I’m right in between. I am genuinely excited to not have a schedule for a couple of months and quality time with my children. I am also genuinely scared about more sibling fighting and my time alone disappearing in the sand.
No more six hour daily reprieve while my daughter attends school. No more 3 hour 45 minute reprieve 3 days a week while my son attends pre-school. I now will grocery shop, run errands, clean the house, with children in tow. Gone are the days of taking a pee alone.
This is where boundaries come in. Creativity needs to kick into motion. And I thank God I know what I need to do to fill my cup. Can anyone say, play date?
I will show my kids that it is important for me to read, to write, to have me time. I will take every moment I get for myself and honor it…not fill it with dishes and laundry. Can anyone say, chores?
September will come and I will be ready for school to start, but instead of rushing to the end of summer I will find new ways to enjoy my kids, new ways to take care of me while they are home, can anyone say, drugs? Just kidding.
I embrace the new possibilities that await. So….oh yeah and oh shit….here come the children.