While the air is still sticky, and the cicadas are still humming away, summer is no doubt winding down.
This is evidenced by emails detailing school calendars, class rosters, carpool arrangements and fall sports information. For some reason, this moment of revelation, that our lives are about to become dictated by a real schedule again, seems to come earlier and earlier every year. Add in extracurricular activities, and my dry erase board calendar in the kitchen looks like a preschooler has taken hold of my pen and doodled all over it.
I realize every year at this time that I need to take a deep breath and help my children ease into the school year routine, which isn’t easy after weeks of late nights staying up and watching movies together, and mornings where they could sleep in instead of being hustled out the door to school at the crack of dawn.
It’s hard for all of us to make the transition from summer people to school year people. As parents we need to learn how not to become overwhelmed by the demands of the school year just as much as we need to help our children do the same thing.
But before we do, I plan to spend one week with my girls doing absolutely nothing at the coast. Sure there will be swimming, and playing on the beach, but true to the nature of my childhood summers, there will be no routine, no schedule, no plans that can’t be broken or changed.
The truth is we’re all a little bit lighter and happier in the summer, something I wish we could somehow incorporate into our lives year-round.
But alas, like all good things summer must end, but it ends with the promise that it will indeed come again…
Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including three on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.