And so, we come to the end of summer break. I feel like I should sponsor a moment of silence for all the local moms who dread packing lunches, running herd on homework assignments and making sure the favorite pair of jeans are washed and ready for wear.
I'm ready to have my house and my writing routine back, but I'm not ready for our free and easy days to end. I have some very fun things planned for myself once that first bell rings, but I do enjoy being unscheduled. Life during the school year is anything but spur of the moment. I guard our family calender like it is a crown jewel. I've joked that I really need an entire wall to keep track of all the appointments, practices, assignments and social events.
Instead, I've settled for a sort of Mommy shorthand when it comes to noting our activities on the standard sized calender hanging over the kitchen trash bin. I'm sure I'm not unique in this. Guess I'm fortunate I wasn't overtaken by the urge to name my kids with all the same first initial...unlike my great grandmother whose first four kids all had names starting with the letter "V." I should write the code down for the hubby...he might actually need to look at the calender one day or I might be stricken with laryngitis and be unable to explain what J&AF10/7 means.
But, I digress. So, I raise my coffee mug to you Summer of 2007. I may not have accomplished all of my fiction writing goals, but I did manage to have fun with my kids. I'm excited for them to start a new school year, but I'll miss them around the house. For me, that is a job well done.