The time of year when all the school supply shopping begins and parents start marking their calendars for the first day of school is finally upon us. As a teacher, usually, I’d take all the fun, innovative ideas that I discovered on Pinterest and start masterminding my big plans for the upcoming school year. To my surprise, I’ve done none of it. Nada. Zilch.
I’m not going to lie; there were times during the summer when I thought I’d never make it to the end. The fighting and arguing among the kids was wearing away at whatever patience I had left. But now as we are getting closer to the first day of school, I’d like to put the brakes on this fast-paced roller coaster we call life.
The “Are you ready to go back to work yet?” comments from friends and family have started rolling in. But the answer is surprisingly no. I’ve enjoyed the late night bike rides to the ice cream shop or staying outside longer to watch the kids catch fireflies. I’m not ready for it to end.
Being able to wake up a little later without the hassle of getting the kids up, fed, dressed, and rushed out the door in a time crunch is a relief. My youngest is often still in his pajamas when his dad comes home after work at 6 pm. I’d say that pretty much sums up the laid back, no fuss time we’re having. I prefer not to conjure up a plan on how I’m going wrestle him out of his early morning garb. Instead, I join in on the fun. Heck, pajama day could be every day if he wants. It’s summer, remember?
I’ll miss the lazy mornings drinking coffee and eating breakfast together. Not that we can’t do this when the school year starts, it’s just our time will be short. You want bacon, a yogurt parfait, or eggs sunnyside up today? No problem. There’s no race against time or a schedule that we have to follow. The only thing on my mind is deciding what fresh fruit I’ll pile on top of my steaming hot bowl of oatmeal.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to sit and think about what day it was or glance down at my phone to check the date. Right now, time is on our side.
Oh, it’s Thursday? Let’s take a stroll into town and check out the local farmers’ market. Nothing beats the handpicked, and colorful produce displayed beautifully and ready to be devoured. Let’s not forget to stop by the fruit stand and say “hello” to the vendors we befriended over the summer. On our way out, we’ll pick up our usual homemade muffins sold by the young Amish family we’ve come to know and look forward to seeing.
When the sun is shining brightly, we find ourselves contemplating if we should head to the pool or stay home and play in the sprinkler? Maybe neither. Instead, we might take our bikes and go for a ride to the park. I’ll bring my book, while the kids run around until their heart’s content.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve grown to love cooking healthy, nutritious meals for my family. This extra time has given me a newfound desire to discover and try various recipes I’ve scrounged the internet for. I’ve dusted off the cookbooks that were patiently waiting, pages unturned. Now they’re decorated with oil spots or remnants from the process of cooking a delicious meal.
This summer marked the first year that the kids were old enough to start taking more trips and trying new adventures. We went camping, hiking, biking, swimming, roasted marshmallows and enjoyed each other’s company while sitting around the endless campfires. We road tripped to multiple states and visited family.
This summer we’ve made lots of memories, and there’s still some time left. So, please summer, don’t end yet.