In spite a few minor setbacks, I am always happy when the kids go back in school.
Free at last!
After the summer started out as a lazy, carefree, holiday filled with activities for my kids like swimming, hanging out with their friends, two weeks with their grandparents and a three week trip to coastal BC with their dad; it turned sour and became a boring, whining, barrage of, "Mom, I don't have anything to do. I'm bored! Mom?"
And all I can think now is "Just one more week. One. More. Week."
I think I'll be sending the school bus off like a cruise ship, by smashing a bottle of champagne against the side of it as it whisks my boys off on their first day.
Bon Voyage Boys!!
At the beginning of summer, I find it a relief to not have to wake them up, make breakfast, lunches and make sure they get to the bus on time. But nearing the end of August, it's time for them to go.
I'm never in a rush to buy school supplies, but as I enter a store and see a plethora of pens, paper and binders, I can't help but get a little excited for the new school year, much to my children's dismay.
Although, I do find it a little sad that every year we are asked to send more and more supplies with our children. I'm somewhat waiting for them to ask me to send a teacher too.
We are asked to label these supplies. After nine years of having kids in school, I'm still trying to figure out why.
I don't label school supplies because individually labeling crayons and markers is not a good use of my time seeing as half of those crayons are going to get broken by lunch time on the first day, and the markers are going to get shoved up multiple kids' noses the second they get their hands on them.
Their new shoes, supplies and backpacks sit, waiting patiently to take that first trip to school, while my kids will be reluctant to take them. They want one last taste of summer while I want to breathe out that last bit of summer chaos.
Let's get real: Kids can drive anyone, even their own parents, a little crazy, and school is a reward to those parents who have survived yet another summer of having the kids at home.
So parents, if you're feeling excited about the end of summer, the time has come to rejoice.
Starting now, you're officially on "break!"