Queue the Christmas music.
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” Ahhhhhh.. Not much makes me happier than hearing the ringing of the school bells, the sound of the bus’s squeaky breaks, or the silence in my house by 9am. That’s right, it’s back to school time! Some moms (you know, the ones who never yell at their kids and never seem to get worked up about anything) are sad when summer comes to an end. But I think I speak for a lot of parents when I say HALLELUJAH!
Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. I crave the warmth and the pool from November to June. I love not having to wake up early, making lunches, or fighting over homework. But after being home with my kids every. single. day. I need a break.
This year, all 3 of my girls will be in big school- 5th grade, 1st grade, and Kindergarten. It seems so insane to me that I’ve kept 3 kids (so far) alive in my care for this many years. But truly, the scary part is not having the control over their safety while they’re in school. The world, our country specifically, is getting scarier and scarier. But this doesn’t stop life from moving forward. So, here we are! Almost 35 hours a week they’ll be in the care of their teachers. Who, have I mentioned, are absolute saints! Seriously, teachers are Angels on earth!
But what does that mean for me? 35 hours a week just me and 1 kid…
No, I’m being serious, what do I do?!
I can’t remember the last time I had 1 kid at home all day! I almost feel guilty. ALMOST. Well, for their teachers at least! I can go to a grocery store without wanting to pull my hair out. I can get back into the gym, maybe even have time to shower more often. And dare I say, get my house cleaned?! Sounds like a dream.
I forgot about waiting in the car line at the end of the day, the dreaded calls from the school, feeling guilty that I don’t participate in the PTO, remembering to sign ALL the papers.. The list goes on and on!
So what’s better, the warm summer days of messes and fighting, or the early rises and peace and quiet? I haven’t quite figured that out yet. But to all the moms and dads out there with school aged kids, Good Luck and God Bless!
And Good Riddance!
(Ok, I’m secretly over here crying because I just dropped my baby girl off for her first day of kindergarten. Leave me alone!)