But not just any Friday. Today is the last Friday of the school year. The last full week of classes. It’s been a long and sometimes stressful school year. Lots of things have been happening with our school district, teacher layoffs, educators at the school… it’s time for it all to come to a close. Unfortunately, we don’t really know what the makeup of our school will look like when we return mid-August. Teachers are moving up and down in grades and while the kids usually know that next year they’ll either be in A class or B class… all bets are off right now. We have no idea where our teachers will be.
By now, most of the classrooms have been cleared out. The projects they’ve worked on all year are either neatly bound in memory books, or they are stacked up ready for the recycling bin. With three kids, we’d be hoarders if we kept everything since kindergarten.
In 5 days I will officially have an elementary school graduate. I know, it’s not like high school or college. But… in my little world, this is the first child leaving, well, their childhood behind. She’s on her way to becoming a teen and there isn’t anything I can do about it. Sigh.
And so, the summer is just about upon us. The pool is calling and we’ll be answering. In less than 4 weeks we’ll be in New York City and my kids will be attending their first wedding. They are super excited. For me, it’s another remembrance that life is moving faster and faster as the years go by.
My kids have a summer vacation. I don’t. I’ll still be plugging away on the laptop. I’ll still be writing blog posts and networking and supporting other bloggers. Hopefully I’ll get some articles published on some important blogs. Fingers crossed.
In August I’ll be at BlogHer for the second time. I’m really looking forward to seeing old friends… and meeting new ones. This has become my life… my family and my blog. Who would have thought?
Summer will go by way too quickly. That I know. I wish I could go back to being 7 or 9 or 12. I wish I could go back to where I had nothing else to do or think of but riding my bike and playing on the street with the other kids. Life was easy.
As I watch my children play with their friends, swim in the pool and ride their bikes… I’m hoping life will remain easy for them for a good, long time. They deserve that.