Ahhhh. You hear that? Yep, nothing. Quiet. It is officially the first day of school, the boys are off. I'm on my second cup of coffee and have to say I have missed this. No yelling, no fighting, no noise. Summer vacation pushed a lot of us to our breaking point this year. The looks on all the parents faces at the bus stop this morning confirmed this. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
Summertime comes & goes and while it was fun & exciting, I was ready for it to end. I am one of the "those" mothers I guess. The ones who do enjoy spending time with the kids, but also enjoy spending time without them. This is the second year in a row that the start of school was delayed. Last year we got the news at 3pm the day before the proposed start day telling us that a pipe burst at the school and we would have to wait another 7 days. That was not fun. This year Hurricane Irene took our power and again, we were delayed another 5 days.
I forgot what it is like to be able to focus. This is my first blog in over a month. Sorry about that. I did try to get things going several times this summer, but I was distracted by the pouty faces, the screaming & the theme from Pokemon. I don't know what to do with myself right now. These last two weeks were enough for me to pull my hair out. The boys were at each other's throats. To be expected, but not pleasant. I was a little tired of being the referee.
I used to get a little sad on the first day, but the boys are getting older & it is not as traumatic for them or me anymore. It seems to be the case with my neighbors as well. I did not see any tears this year. No tantrums, no sad faces. This also reminds me that I'm getting older too. I still make the kids pose for pictures with their backpacks on the front steps. I know that they hate it, but these are the pictures I remember taking when I was young; the ones with the awkward poses in itchy new clothes & tight shoes. I understand that they will not be little forever. I want to remember these moments.
So, a little shout out to my moms & dad out there. We made it! Another summer in the books. Congratulations for surviving the summer in all it's craziness. I can put my whistle down, have some coffee & figure out what to do with this free time. Get out there & enjoy your freedom, your time & most importantly, enjoy the silence.