Tuesday, May 29, 2007

3.75 days of quiet left

Every year it catches me by surprise. THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL. I mean, I know it's coming - and yet, as the day approaches, I find myself going through the stages of grief. Ya know: denial, anger, something, something... I usually make it to acceptance about 2 days before school starts again in August.

I don't know if the last day of school is on the "list of life stressors" ( you know the one, death of a spouse = 10 pts., moving= 9 pts, marriage = 9 pts, etc. etc.) but it should be. I'd give it 8 pts. - only because it doesn't require a funeral or a moving van. It does send me into a state of shock and panic for several weeks.

I admit there are some good things about summer break- sleeping late, no homework to oversee, no daily trips to the school, no rushing to find school shoes in the am. And I really DO like my kids - they're great. I just like them MORE in smaller doses. Does that make me a bad mother? sighhh....

It's just that I really like solitude. I like quiet. I like hours of uninterrupted - whatever.

But, ready or not here it comes. Teenagers draped on the couch or attached to the computer, 8 year old boys running amok thru the house. Food disappearing at alarming rates. Dirty Dishes ALWAYS in the sink. Someone ALWAYS hungry.

As usual, I put all my hope for sanity into church camps, summer gym and sleepovers AT OTHER KIDS HOUSES.

Happy summer, mother's everywhere! May God Bless you and Keep you...
Lennea

2 comments:

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Well Lennea, I must say, God Bless YOU! And may your fortitude be strong and serve you well during the summer months! LOL I too am a woman who likes her solitude and you have all my empathy. ;-)

Magic Lantern Musings said...

Gee, for a moment there I thought I was reading my own writing LOL ! Until I remembered we have just the one crazy kid, going into grade 6 and full of beans :) Yes, sweet solitude, something most kids don't understand until much later in years. Oh I love our son so much it drives him crazy ha-ha, but thank goodness for the odd camp break here and there ;) If you need some relief, just shout at me...and I'll shout back lol !