Friday, May 28, 2010

summer break













Today is our first day of summer vacation, and my boys would rather be in school.

They don’t want a break. They want to keep going. Even the promise of science summer camps and unlimited books at the library isn’t enough to persuade them.

They’d just rather be in school.

Ouch.

Lest you think I’m holding huge chore fests over here, let me set the record straight: I’m a fun mom, folks. We went bowling yesterday. We’ll host water balloon fights and sleepovers and go to the zoo. I’m fun, I’m fun…really I am!

We’ll balance all this fun out with chores and math facts, but mostly, we’ll hang out at the pool.

That’s just the way I roll.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad my kids enjoy school. And I’m trying not to take it personally that I’m more excited about summer break than they are.

Once I get past ME and my own insecurities, I can see this isn't about me at all. It's about them. The noisy boys are growing up. They have their own interests and friends and lives. This is a good thing. A healthy thing.

Do you savor summer break with your kids? I do. I figure I only have seven or eight left. Less than that when you consider how busy teenagers are.

Will my house be loud? Yeah. Will I get tired of washing wet beach towels and wiping up the muddy kitchen floor fifty thousand times every day? Yeah.

Will we create memories that the boys will remember forever? Yeah. Will I have the opportunity to teach them new things about life and the world and relationships? Yeah.

Will all the hard work be worth it?

Yeah.

4 comments:

megs @ whadusay said...

My daughter's the same way. She came home on her last day with a scowl on her face because she wants to stay at school! But I am so glad she is home and am READY for summer!!!

ChosenRebel said...

Amen. Enjoy, relish, savor, delight in, marinate your spirit in the times with the boys. They are over way too soon. Help papa llama do the same.

alisha said...

Thank you for this post. It's a reminder for me to really be engaged and present in these fleeting moments with the children. I've been begging for time away, but in reality, I know the day will soon come when I'll be grasping onto them for dear life :)

Marmot Mom said...

I'd give a lot to relive a summer break when the kids were about 8 or 10 years old :) (And I too remember washing about 2,000 towels every summer!) I'm happy and grateful to say we squeezed every bit of enjoyment out of all of them. And you are right---they go way too fast. Live it up, Llamas!!!