My kids went back to school yesterday, and I must admit I was a little sad. We enjoyed ourselves this summer, and I will miss them during the day. I hate saying goodbye to our leisurely lunches, as we often slept so late that we just skipped breakfast. I turned weepy on the way home from drop off for my fifth-grader when Brad Paisley came on the radio and sang, “I ain’t ever gonna beat this summer with you.”
The start of school makes me feel like life is moving too quickly. With that being said, I like to be a glass half full type of person. So I am going to focus on the positive aspects of back to school, which for me is greatly increased productivity. Let’s look at yesterday as an example.
By 10:30, I had cleaned up the kitchen, made the beds, run three miles, showered, checked my email and signed my life away on Sign Up Genius. They really should sync up Sign Up Genius with Facebook. I’d like a little status update with some confetti when I reach my 100th sign up! They could even give a “high score” among you and your friends. I hope that by the time my younger daughter is finishing high school they will come up with maximum number allowed. You would try to sign up, but would get a message that says, “You have exceeded your maximum number of sign ups. Go find something else to do!”
By 12:30, I had thrown in a load of laundry and gone up to the middle school to help over 475 eighth graders check out textbooks. I have known many of them since kindergarten. I must say it tugged at my heart to see how grown up they were as I handed them an algebra textbook and inquired whether or not they would need a Spanish one.
By 3:00, I had gone to two grocery stores looking for graham flour so I could make a Martha Stewart recipe for a somewhat healthy breakfast pastry. Rest assured, this healthy baking will only last a few days, and we will be back to cold cereal or frozen waffles by Friday. In any case, it turns out graham flour is very hard to find, but a quick search on my phone indicated I could substitute whole wheat flour. Thanks for making it more complicated than necessary Martha!
I even had a little time to thumb through a magazine on my desk. I came across this bizarre owl dress and ripped it out. Later that afternoon, my kids noticed it on the table. I told them I was getting it to wear for Back to School night, and it was funny to watch their faces as they tried to figure out if I was kidding. I smiled and assured them I wouldn’t embarrass them like that. We laughed and had some good girl talk about fashion. I took a deep breath and realized that while it’s normal to miss walking a wide-eyed kindergartner into class on the first day, growing up is nice too.