Monday, August 4, 2008

A mother's musings....

One more week of summer and then it's back to school. I can't belive how quickly the summer went by. Although it also seems like it was long and lazy. I hate that they have to head back to school. I know it's time, because they are bored and their tolerance for each other is dwindling. But I love how relaxing the summer is - no bedtime, late morning wake-ups, no homework, no schedule. And in one week, all of that comes to a screeching halt. They will have a rude awakening next Monday morning when I start hollering "RISE AND SHINE SLEEPYHEADS!!!"

I was talking to some friends at church yesterday about how fast our kids are growing. There were various feelings about this inevitable situation. One guy said he couldn't wait until his kids got grown and moved out. A mom said she wanted her kids to live with her forever. I think I'm somewhere in the middle. I hate to see them grow up. To get older. And the first and last days of school are always very emotionally tricky for me. They are such obvious, in your face, reminder of the passage of time. They are one year older. Either starting or finishing a grade. And my kids are so big. What happened? Jordan will be in 6th grade. Her last year of elementary school. And Cooper starts 1st grade. I can't even go there.

Yesterday afternoon I was talking with the kids about their plans for the future..."what do you want to do when you get older?" It's always interesting to see where they are headed - or at least where they want to be headed right now. Jordan wants to go to Freed Hardeman and commute each day. "How far is that?" She doesn't want to stay away from home and thinks she will live with us until she is at least 40. She wants to be a 3rd grade teacher so she can teach cursive. Cooper wants to go to "Memphis College" and be a P.E. teacher. When I asked him why he wanted to be a P.E. teacher he very wisely replied "To get money." But then he said he wanted to teach kids how to do jumping jacks. He plans to have 13 sons and no daughters.

They went to the dentist today. Jordan had one lingering cavity and Cooper had two cavities. The Mommy Guilt kicks in there with the whole cavity thing. And of course the fact that their appointment to get them filled is three weeks after school starts. So they will miss a few hours of school. Not a big deal. But good grief, could I not get it together enough to get their check ups and follow up appointments both done during summer?!? Oh well...

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Stephanie said...

My son is 9 and will be starting 5th grade so I totally get what you're saying. Sometimes its hard to watch them grow up. I don't know what I will do when its time for him to move out of the house!