I am…..BACK writing to you after a whirlwind season of events and celebrations! I am feeling more like a wet overcooked noodle from it all, but I know from experience, I will recover! I would and could write pages on the activities and events that filled my days, but that would be an abundant amount of information that I would hate to burden you with in your busy and full lives filled with your own abundant amount of information…
I will shorten my “sabbatical” reflection with a summary of sorts: Within the last several weeks, I have celebrated my daughters 8th birthday, helped coordinate two recitals, organized year end activities for AHG closing ceremony, attended and assisted in a drama club performance, watched soccer games and attended the end of season picnic, saw a second grade play, a school talent show, and played at a year end field day. We squeezed in several cookouts and play dates and a trip to the zoo to fill our days with those dangling hours of fuel left to a drizzle! A trip to Chicago was full of fun to the American Girl Doll Store for my daughter’s birthday gift….and another trip to Wisconsin in a desperate attempt to see my step father before he died. From birth to death, the spectrum was full……of emotion, sweat, stress and joy in between, it has been nothing BUT eventful!
End of the year season is always packed for every family and seems like a seamless run of days from spring to summer. All of a sudden, it is 95 degrees and the kids are in swimsuits begging to get wet with a look in their eyes that is both reckless and wired!! After a fun filled energizing “last day of school” party and cookout with my dear friend and her kids, my daughter stayed for an overnight tradition and I left with my son in hand. So our first summer morning with no scuffing off to school, my son woke me up earlier than usual (sigh…) with three urgent emergencies that needed my attention asap:
1. “MY finger is ITCHING and I CANNOT stop it!” (Poor kid has been getting attacked from some sort of bug at night- wakes up with all kinds of bites)
2. “I peed my bed mommy….HELP!!!” (he hasn’t done that in weeks….)
And my favorite starting quote for summer….
3. “Do I go to KINDERGARTEN today mommy????” (“no honey, not today” I foresee this question asked of me every morning for the long summer months ahead)
Oh summer, oh summer, you found your way!
I just wish I could go back to bed on this day…
Just after I peel off the urine soaked sheets,
And say no again to his pleading for treats…
Oh summer, oh summer, the days will be long…
I know I will hope to keep going strong…
With kids at my feet all day and all night…
I pray I’ll hold on to my sanity tight!
Oh summer, oh summer, my kids filled with glee!
Lets look for some fun that is surely free!
We’ll fill up the pool and go to the park
We’ll go on long walks, just after dark.
Oh summer, yes summer!
These weeks they will fly!
So embrace every minute!
Lord knows I will try…
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