I just looked at my calendar. It’s July 31st. So, as usual, the calendar flips over tomorrow. Tomorrow is August 1st. I just got a little bit of spring in my step as I think about one child heading back to school and the chance to spend the one-on-one time with my 2-year-old again. I also just panicked. I’m one of those parents who have a love/hate relationship with summer and the first day of school. But usually by July 31, I’m done with summer, the heat, the humidity, the frugality I obsess with in trying to keep summer cost at a minimum. At the same time, I also get excited because as a child, I always loved that “butterfly” feeling in the pit of my stomach when the new school year was rounding the bend. As a parent though, I want to squeeze as much out of the next twenty days as I possibly can. My daughter is starting her last year in elementary school this August, and I’m just a sentimental mother. I just don’t want to keep watching her grow. But nature takes its course, she grows, because I just keep feeding her and nurturing her and well, there’s nothing I can do to control the fact that she is and will continue to, grow up on me.
Back to these family activities you can still participate in with your family during these last three (barely) weeks of summer. A bulleted list for you to check off, if you desire.
I visited a Target store this afternoon and saw all of the parents and caregivers school supply shopping with their kids and their lists. I almost went to the back of the store to smell the new, unsharpened pencils. I hesitated though. There’s still plenty of summer left to be had (for most of us; I realize Indiana schools start back really soon) before we venture in with our coupons and our teacher’s school letter. Happy August!
Photo by Erin Nevitt
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