Both in real life and online moms everywhere are counting down to back-to-school and some have already expressed their glee regarding their Boards early start to the school year. I, however, am not. I am plugging my ears and shouting “I can’t hear you!” at the top of my lungs. I don’t know why because back-to-school is never bad and usually I like to shake things up a bit and get started fresh. But the transition from carefree summer days to the tight schedule of the school year makes it tough for me to embrace.
Unlike many, I’m not sick of my kids yet. Don’t get me wrong, there are days, but for the most part I’m not. A lot of this has to do with the fact that my kids love camp so they have tried a bunch throughout the summer. Here they meet new friends and try new things and expel a tone of energy. They come home happy and renewed. They are a pleasure to be around.
We have also spent a lot of time visiting friends and family. We’ve enjoyed carefree cottage trips or jaunts up north to visit my dad. These little outings offer a change of scenery and and wonderful adventures for the kids. They are happy and so am I. I really hate to disrupt this peaceful balance so I balk at the thought of making a change.
But even as I sit here writing this I am making a shift. I am coming to terms with the fact that this easygoing lifestyle would likely start to get on my nerves pretty soon. My kids would miss their school friends and we would get sick of the lack of structure. So I guess I’ll spend the last week of summer soaking it all in and then take a deep breath and dive right in to our next adventure, back-to-school.