The school bus just dropped off my boys for their summer break. I am a bit moody about the whole affair. I love having the boys home and spending time with them, but I love the structure school gives us. Those three are rambunctious, noisy boys who enjoy bickering. What am I to do?
Teddy Kent, the dog, even enjoys summer!
I am a grump, battling my inner child against the strict mother inside me. I am the grinch of summer. I try and try to prevent it from coming, but no amount of planning or signing up the boys for camps can stop Mother Nature. I have set bedtimes, routines, and a break during afternoon naps. Our days are predictable and focused.
Now, I can kiss those times goodbye.
I am being selfish.
My pity party is hopefully over for now. I made a list of a few things to look forward to this summer. I might find the joy of the last day of school hidden somewhere in the recesses of "motherhood".
I need to remember the joy and anticipation of a lazy summer. I picture skipping home from school, ginger braids jumping in rhythm, and my dress blowing in the wind. I think I finally tapped into the excitement of the last day of school. I am ready to wear flip flops and catch lightening bugs.
Bring on the summer!
Here are my goals:
- I am going to romp in the grass and tease my boys during a game of "monkey in the middle".
- I will have sons to mow the yard, weed the garden, and run to get the mail everyday.
- I am going to read classic literature introducing them to Huck Finn, Captain Nemo, and the Count of Monte Cristo. I just might torture them with a "girl" book to even out the mix. I want well rounded boys- right?
- We are going to feast on warm picked raspberries straight from the bush.
- We are going to fish for trout and camp out in the yard.
- I will tell them scary stories by the fire pit and eat burned marshmallows.
- We will go tubing down the creek and look for fossils in the rocks.
- I hope to sneak in a few picnics and tour some landmarks off the beaten path.
- and I know there will be a lot more impromptu fun to come...