I’ve made no secret over the years of the fact that I am not a big fan of our year-round school schedule. This year, with the move, we start new schools on a new track which has us starting earlier. Like, as in, yesterday.
Frankly, I’ve been a big baby about it. I’m a summertime Mom. I can do Popsicles, pools, waterparks, water balloon fights, endless days of swimsuits and boredom. Summer is kind of my thing. So when I don’t really get a summer, it makes me cranky. And it makes me completely and totally unready to send my kiddos back to school. As evidence, here are a few things that might indicate you are also not ready for the impending school year.
A. It’s 8:30 on the eve of the first day of school and your boys are begging for a haircut before bed so they don’t look like orphans on the first day of school.
11. You realize at about that same time that you are uncertain as to whether or not the children have clothing that might be either a) clean or 2)matching or c)not holey enough to wear to school.
r.) When the kids ask about lunch you go, “Oh yeah. We should probably do that!”
4. Upon watching your 6 year old shove her feet into too-small Sunday-type shoes, you realize she could probably use some new shoes to wear to school…tomorrow.
X. You send your children to their first day with mostly functional backpacks all while promising to go shopping over the weekend.
t. You realize you should probably unpack and organize their homework cubbies before they get home from school.
X. You also realize you should probably do back-to-school shopping at some point, but wonder if you can put it off a little longer despite the fact the kids are already in school.
Yup. Totally unprepared for school to start. The super fun thing about my large family and varying school schedules (sense the sarcasm) is that I have five start dates for school. One for first grade, one for third and fifth grade, one for seventh grade, one for ninth grade and one for preschool. I guess the upside is that if I screw up the first day of school for one kid, I have a bunch of other first days to redeem myself with.