I hate writing this article because it brings up emotions I really don’t like to identify with. The first day of school is not a day that I like, and while I know the kids like it even less, as a mom it is one of the toughest days of a mom’s life. Just when you get all the kids on a good schedule, get the fighting over with(among the kids), and have everyone actually working in unison, School time happens– just like that. Don’t get me wrong, I love school for the education and the socializing aspect it is just a hard leap for me, because I LOVE having my kids around, it somehow makes me feel better about everything! They are my light.
Years back when my daughter started school, I was not happy, and I felt like a part of me was leaving and this was only pre-k! My back up plan to not get upset was always that I had the boys, my babies. Time has progressed and they have grown from babies to elementary school students and with every passing day they get older and older.
I know some moms are happy when the kids go back to school, I simply am not one of them. I know parenting can be hard, and trust me, we have been through our ups and downs, but I love my kids with all my heart and I love everything they do. I thought back a bit about our summer and maybe you have some of the same memories. I will use my memories, as my days pass without a person in the house or when I go to their rooms to deliver laundry. Our summer was made up of simple pleasures but these are the things I will reflect on. Have a glimpse into what I cherish as a mom.
Our car windshield had a visitor, who was ALIVE the whole time.. I think about the bug that the kids named ‘STEVE’ who rode on our windshield for 2 days straight,until he finally flew away.
I think about the first week at the pool that no matter how many times I put sunscreen on the kids there were how many hours they refused to come out of the pool and well, SUNBURN and headaches happened. Thank goodness for popsicles and gatorade.
Our trash receptacle is apparently great for the kids to hide and scare one another, and I heard a scream beyond anything I have ever heard. I went running only to find out the boys had hidden in our trash receptacle and popped out on their sister.
The HOTEL without Air Conditioning in Georgia created quite a memory. As we were traveling we stayed in a few hotels this summer. As we were taking luggage down to our car, where we got on, someone had gotten off, and farted in it. The ‘TOOTALAGE’ and the heat in the hotel(lack of air conditioning) along with the mixture of the stench made my kids gag, and laugh their butts off that someone had ‘tooted and left it behind’. They are still talking about it.
I think of my littlest one calling my daughter’s magazine, TEEN VOGUE, ….. Teen Vogooo and I had a surprise guest while cleaning out the vanity under the kids sinks a wadded ball in a paper cup, only to find out they had been chewing gum and saving it to make the world’s biggest ball of used chewing gum! I also found a frog in a pocket, and one swimming in a bucket thanks to my oldest son who seems to attract the little creatures. Meanwhile in a different area of the house, a simple box provided days of fun, as they built their Dream House out of cardboard with just a box and their imagination. Sometimes it is the thunderstorms at night that brings the kids into my room, and we have sleepovers, and then of course there are those infamous trips to the ER room and the Dr.’s and how many lollipops they could stuff in their pockets without me noticing. The days spent at the amusement parks, and all of their firsts, like roller coasters, water parks, and new foods.
The days at the beach are my favorite because they were jumping in waves and not worrying about ANYTHING except the next wave. Of course we had the unfortunate encounter with a snake again this year, except this one appeared while I was on a phone call with a client and my poor client had a sore ear after the scream I left out. My son killed it on his own and then grabbed his daddy and never missed a beat! Lunch time will be me the most lonely, because I have been able to merge my work around their schedules and we enjoy lunches together every day.
If your kids are silly like mine than you know how technology can get ahead of us, but somehow the kids always are one step ahead. My kids offered me Random Texts: I thought one day I was going nuts, but the kids had iCloud working an iPod they just received and suddenly I was receiving random texts with no names on them, just notes. I heard them laughing as my phone would receive an incoming text, but I did not figure out what they were doing until much later:)
One night, my youngest son brought his DS into my room and we began to play. Then his brother and sister — in their rooms, awake way past bedtime, were pictochatting– my youngest said, we do this all the time, you just don’t know:) So, I decided to play along. The kids did not know the baby was in my room, so I started writing for him, Hi, Ha Ha, etc., and they wrote back, and more and more until they crept into my room and they spied us picto chatting them. Of course no one went to bed until late. Changing sheets is never a fun job, but music makes it better and music is what makes the kids happy. One morning as I was going around changing sheets, I came into my room and found three kids, heads dangling over the edge singing, “CALL ME BABY”
As I had mentioned, I get to work from home, so I have to work, but I take time to be with the kids and sometimes phone calls have to happen, well…on one occasion, I had to be on the phone, and while I was, they were pressing their face, all 3 against the glass and make faces, so much so, that I could not even concentrate on my calls:)
When I think of all the fun we had this summer and this is only a bit, I just Thank God for my kids and their fun spirit and zest for life! While the memories soften up the passage of children through my door to catch a bus, I know my life will change. I love being needed, and I love being Mom, but I don’t like back-to-school time and I don’t mind proudly proclaiming that. The bright side of things is that in a few weeks they will have a few days off and we can have a great time together again. In the mean time, they will grow mentally as they get to interact with all their school friends.
Sending a child off to school is not an easy thing to do and sometimes it seems so unfair that life travels so quickly, but I live for 3p because I know my kids will be home again to share their days and their lives with me!
So as the yellow school bus comes around the corner, while I will help to fill its voids, I will gain a new one, no children in the house. I hope all the kids have a great school year and here’s to looking forward to meeting up with some of my mom friends for that Cup of Coffee we never seem to get to! I can not offer any real advice because I am always honest, what I can say is enjoy every moment with the kids because one day that bus is coming and life changes fast!
Happy 2013-2014 School Year.