…the house is so quiet that you are sure something is not right, but then you remember that the kids aren’t even home!
…you’re hiding out in the bathroom with a glass of wine playing Candy Crush. Times have changed when drinking on the pot is a vacation from reality. Sigh.
…you can’t wait for your days to be back to normal and the ‘schedule’ to be back on… but when you drop them off you realize that one last swim wasn’t had, you never did get out to Enchanted Rock, and their warm bodies would no longer climb into bed with you …
…Daddy buys out all the Kleenex boxes in all the stores around town. This being the first ever back to school time for our family, our allergies are particularly active.
…the teacher calls home to tell me my first son told her, “I’m not fricking going to lunch,” and then my second son said, “John, stop being an a-hole.”
Yeah, I’m on the P.T.O. and the school board. It was a great day for my parenting skills.
…your son starts second grade and after a week asks, “Mom, can I have September off from school?”
…as the mother of five children–ages 9, 7, 5, 2 and 6 weeks–I have relied on my biggest kids to help me with the little ones this summer. So I know it’s back to school time when I find myself having to make lunch for my two littles while nursing the baby.
…you start to think an oatmeal raisin cookie can be a breakfast instead of a bowl of oatmeal.
…traffic is terrible, the mall is packed to the gills, and moms everywhere are smiling (unless they have a first-time preschooler or kindergartener).
…you complain that the summer you thought would never end is actually over.
…the shoes and the faces are clean, the lunches and the views are balanced, the hair and the teeth are brushed, and the pants and the hugs are still extra long.
… parents divide into camps: “I’ll miss these long summer days with my children!” versus “Finally, I can send my kids back to school!”
…you find yourself wandering around the house singing, “It’s the most! wonderful tiiiiiiiiiiiime of the year!”
…it’s time to put the flip-flops away and finally sort that basket of socks that have been sitting in the back of your laundry room for three months.
…you have to drag your kids out of bed at 7AM when they’ve been getting up on their own all summer at 6AM!
…the kids start sleeping in until the last moment when they’ve been getting up bright and early at 6AM each day of summer!
… The house is eerily quiet for 7 1/2 hours every weekday. It’s actually kind of unsettling.
…the hardest part of your day is getting the kids to bed while it’s still daylight out.
… you suffer through waking the kids up early because the benefit of them getting to school far outweighs the hassle of hearing them complain about the early hour. 🙂