Please tell me I am not alone…
Summer is going too fast!
Please tell me that I am not the only parent that dreads the return of the school year and wishes summer break could stretch on for many more months, like another 2 or 3?
Does that make me crazy?
Okay, I do get it. As a kid and even a teacher, the start of a new school year offered a certain sense of excitement! New fall clothes, school supplies, and reuniting with friends. (Yes, these things were just as exciting during my teaching years as they were for me as a student.)
And, of course I do understand how certain aspects of family/parent life smoothes out once the kids are back to school. I mean, I NEVER have a moment to myself during the summer, unless I sneak out to the hammock undetected to (hide) relax. And using the lock on our bathroom door is a MUST! But, summer…sweet summer, please don’t hurry by so fast!
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School Supplies already?
I mean, seriously…with summer school absorbing the first month, swim lessons the second month, I feel like we are FINALLY getting started to actually ENJOY summer! And, now I am already supposed to have all of the school supplies purchased?
I just can’t.
I am NOT ready.
For real, we were at Target the other day and saw the school supplies lined up and ready to be devoured by families just like mine. My kids wanted to jump right in, but I was NOT ready.
I had all three of them with me and decided to let the older two pick out their backpacks and lunch bags. The youngest is not in school yet. It was stressful. I didn’t even have a coupon, GULP! The little one wanted everything. She was crying..she wanted a Hello Kitty lunch bag, one of course she doesn’t need because she’s two! We barely all made it out of there in one piece, maybe I should have let her get the Hello Kitty lunch bag?
Of course, I have already seen the pics of school supplies purchased & neatly organized, lined up, and ready for school posted on social media. I just can’t….
I repeat, I am NOT ready!
My big kids were so excited about their backpacks and lunch bags they wanted them to hang in their locker/cubby area we have in the kitchen. I just can’t. I am NOT ready!
One thing has me excited though…I did recently discover that our school supply lists are available for on-line purchase through Target’s School List Assist program. Do you know what that means? It means I can easily purchase all of our school supplies on-line and have them delivered to my home OR pick up in store. The best part? I don’t have to search for exactly the right number and color of folders store to store. It is just all right there for me, wow! I even qualify for free shipping if I spend more than $35 plus free returns! Thank you Target!
The backpacks are now in their closets…hiding somewhere out of my eyesight and not taunting me that school is just around the corner every time I walk though the kitchen or make a meal.
Maybe it isn’t just me…
I was talking to my neighbor recently and we both agreed, summer goes too fast and we are NOT prepared for school to start back again, like not at all! Thankfully for us, as I write this, we still have a full month of summer left. For goodness sakes, one of my friends commented on Facebook last week that school had already started for them! Say WHAT? It was only JULY people!
Clearly, my family is fortunate to have a full month left of summer. However, with school supply sales and Back to School messages bombarding me everywhere I look, I just am starting to feel the pressure of what that all means.
I don’t want it all to end.
I think I feel the passing of time SO much at the end of each summer. It is the clear indicator that my sweet babes are growing older as they enter their new grade level. The clothes that we purchase are the next size up and their shoes are bigger too! New supplies? Didn’t I JUST buy those last week, wait was that last year? It is like the world is telling me, another year…gone!
My heart can’t take it.
I remember when our first daughter was born and I became a Stay At Home Mom. The days, weeks, months, and years we had ahead of us seemed to stretch on forever. In what feels like two months later, my family has expanded and grown in numbers. I realize that a whole decade has passed since that time, but to my heart, it feels like just a blink of an eye.
There is something about summer break that brings me back to the days before Preschool, before Kindergarten. It reminds me of the simple days before after-school activities, clubs, and sports! These days of summer remind me of what life was like that first summer I became a mom. I miss those days. I miss them so much.
Why does it all have to go so fast?
My son just asked me this question the other day. “Mommy, why is summer going so fast?” You know, the funny thing is when I was a kid summer literally seemed to last forever. Maybe in our attempt to schedule, plan, and offer enriching summer activities through camps, classes, lessons, and more we are robbing our kids of the joy of summer days just drifting on endlessly for months?!?
I am seriously thinking of taking it back a notch next summer and NOT doing summer school. I doubt my kids would care. They might even thank me. But, what about “Summer Slide”?
I can’t win!
I think I will have to come back and read this again when Summer School Registration opens back up so I really think about what kind of summer we want to have.
And one last thing before we go.
I have to be honest that the much needed break from the daily Parent Teacher Group (PTG) tasks has been just what the doctor ordered. My stress level has dropped substantially. It is exciting to share that I have been able to do things that *I* enjoy! I have time to garden, get the laundry done (mostly), clean my house (not that I want to), go for walks (not just to and from school either). What’s more, I’ve also had TIME to have fun with my kids! I fully believe that summer break is just as important for teachers/staff, kids AND PTG volunteers like me and YOU! Wouldn’t you agree?
Of course I haven’t gotten this far into the summer without fitting in a number of PTG tasks. There have been many if I am going to be honest with you. Even today before writing this, I worked on several PTG jobs to start getting my group ready for the fall. We are in the beginning planning stage of an Outdoor Classroom addition. While I will admit that planning and good organization is a great benefit to any group, maybe there is a dark side to it as well.
For real…not only am I not ready to send my kids back to school, I am not so sure I am ready to go back myself… at least just not yet! With that said, I think it is time to go back outside and play.
Please tell me I am not alone!
What about you? Are you ready for school to begin? Have you already started back to school for the “fall”? Or, are you feeling the same as me? Are you holding on for dear life to every single sweet second that summer has left to offer?
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