It happens to me every year. I don’t want to pack one more lunch, fill out one more permission slip, write one more check for a school fundraiser or oversee one more school project. While parents don’t get the summer off from work, we do get the summer off from the demands of the school year.
“Mom, we’re getting later every day,” my prompt daughter tells me. In reality, we are usually early, pulling up to the curb at school minutes before the classroom is unlocked. Lately, we’ve been arriving shortly after the teacher opens the door. I just can’t seem to muster the same enthusiasm I had in August.
Like our kids who are full of spring fever, we are also ready to disconnect from our busy school year schedules. Sure, there will still be activities over the summer months, but the demands will not come close to the nine and a half months we spend running from school to sports to dance to bed and back again.
I am looking forward to the mornings where I drink my coffee solo, my children sleeping in, no lunches to pack, no waffles to toast, shoes to tie, or forms to fill out. I know that it will be short-lived. Mid-August is just a few beach weekends and lazy Saturday afternoons away.
But hopefully, by then, we will all be re-charged and ready to face the marathon again.
Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and an author with several books about motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.