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End of Summer Blues...

August 28, 2011 - Jennifer Brookens
It happened, just like I knew it would. Summer went screeching by in the blink of an eye. But it's with mixed feelings that I acknowledge this. With my daughter whining, "I'm bored" every 20 minutes and having the summertime fun budget officially busted, I kind of wish school started earlier. Plus, when I look back on those chaotic calendar months of June, July and now August, we actually did a lot of stuff. We coached t-ball, had swimming lessons (that need repeating next year), and went on vacations to both the Black Hills and Wisconsin to see family. And while I didn't get to see U2 in concert, the family did get to catch a Twins game - and they even won that day! We made it through day camps, summer school and even Fair Week with two back-to-back birthdays at the same time.

Plus with Dad insisting on driving by the new school site whenever he can, we are all getting excited about seeing the inside of the new school. The other day, we got a call informing us that our daughter was not going to have the teacher she was originally assigned, but will have a new teacher that as of this writing has not even been hired. While it's a little nerve-wracking as a parent, I have faith that my daughter will have no problem (since she tends to wear the halo in the family, as opposed to my son's devil horns). Speaking of The Boy, I am also excited for him as he goes from three to four days of preschool a week. Hoping he will also be able to adjust to the new building, but at least his teachers will remain the same.

It's not that Earth-shattering; seasons change, we all move one step forward. But I admit it tears at me that soon enough I'll be dealing with middle and high school kids, and then making that trip up to some college and leaving them behind. Which makes me appreciate these less-than-Earth-shattering changes of season for now. At least I can still help them pick out what they want to wear for that first day (without a fight) and give them a hug and kiss good-bye without them getting embarrassed.


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