It is the night before the first day of school. The outfits are picked out. Lunches are planned. Backpacks are laid out by the door. Lectures were given on the importance of kindness and compassion towards all classmates, being a friend to all, always trying your best, and being responsible and dependable. Showers are taken, teeth are brushed. Prayers have been said. The children are now snug and in their beds.
The kids are excited for school to start. Part of me wonders if I failed them. Didn't I make summer fun enough for them to lament the return of school? Last year they wanted summer to last forever.
Just as I begin to get that old guilty feeling I look back over our summer and see we had plenty of fun this past summer. Sure, it may not have been the warmest summer, and very little swimming was to be had, but we still managed to have some wonderful times. We took our first family trip to Chicago. We went up north often. We took a trip to Bay Beach. The two older boys went to Boy Scout camp. The boys played baseball, Gracie started ballet. And, yes, we got in a little bit of swimming too. Even this last weekend before school we managed to get in some more fun.
On Saturday we went to the county fair. Of course, one of the kids' favorite summer activities. Tommy was finally tall enough to ride The Zipper and he and I braved the crazy ride together. After experiencing just how wild that ride was Tommy and Joe (who is an expert at The Zipper now) encouraged Ben (who is already tall enough) to wait another year or two.
The kids ran from ride to ride, getting more and more daring with each one. Gracie may just be the bravest of the group as she constantly asked for the ride to go faster and higher and spin more. No more baby rides for Grace. She likes the big rides. It is good to know that there will never be a shortage of riding partners for me when it comes to the big crazy rides and roller coasters.
Today was a bit more laid back. Grocery shopping (remind me to NEVER go grocery shopping the day before school starts, EVER AGAIN), making cookies, riding bikes, playing outside, and stacking wood for the coming fall.
Now the kids are sleeping (hopefully) and I am busy prepping cameras and video cameras, filling out last minute paperwork for school, and writing special notes for lunch boxes on the first day of school.
I'm glad the kids are excited for school. I'm happy for them. But I'm sad to see our summer go so quickly. I would have liked a little more time. A little more time with my littles.
The are little for such a short time.