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Back to School

The ChickieNob and I went for back-to-school haircuts yesterday, pretty much our least favourite thing to do so we always leave it until last minute.  This is it: the end of summer suck.  I hate it when the kids go back to school, and I feel like I have been tottering on the edge of tears all week.

This year is even worse because we’re starting after Labour Day but ending at the same time.  In order to do that, they needed to shave all the professional days and holidays off the calendar.  So we have very few breaks between now and next June.  Just a few scattered days and the threat that the county will cancel parts of spring break if we need to use snow days.

I love routine; I am such a creature of habit.  So it makes no sense why I get so down in these last few days before life returns to “normal.”  But I do.  I’m down.  I am really sad that school is starting.  I’ll be fine by the end of the week.  Once it’s done, it’s done.  But these last few days of summer make me feel like curling up into a ball.

10 comments

1 Beth { 09.03.17 at 8:09 am }

You have captured my exact feelings. I am so sad school is starting. My daughter is nervous and anxious and is in a class without any of the friends she worked so hard to make last year, which makes me even sadder. Every year this happens but it never gets easier. Here’s to faking it through the first week till routine takes over!

2 a { 09.03.17 at 8:38 am }

We were nervous about school this year, because my girl switched to the “intermediate school” (5th and 6th grade – 7th and 8th is at the middle school. This makes me insane). But minus a few interesting incidents (mostly involving foul language), it’s been really great for my girl.

My routine continues regardless, but my husband always starts calling me several times a day when he no longer has anyone to bicker with at home.

3 a { 09.03.17 at 8:39 am }

Just to be clear, it is not my kid using the foul language – it’s her classmates. 😀

4 Valery Valentina { 09.03.17 at 10:09 am }

Can’t wait for school to start. My 4.5 year old wants to have other kids around, and something to challenge her. Last week made me on the verge of tears because of her challenging me and me running out of steam pretending to be super mom.

5 Nicoleandmaggie { 09.03.17 at 10:50 am }

I was super excited for school to start. DC1 is taking algebra and learning more violin. DC2 is starting kindergarten and will be learning Spanish. Nice kitty is disappointed that they’re gone because there’s nobody running around with her shoelaces for chasing.

6 Charlotte { 09.03.17 at 12:08 pm }

I totally get this. It’s almost like the summer is a break from reality, and summer vacation isn’t real I life, even though it is. The kids going back to school is like going back to reality. Schedules and real work and all. I am never ready and always wish for more time, because I don’t want summer to end. (Well, the vacation part. I could do without the heat.) I too have felt this looming darkness, that of course passes after a few days.

7 Working mom of 2 { 09.03.17 at 4:19 pm }

I envy your schedule. That’s what it was like when I was a kid–we always started Tuesday after Labor Day. Now my kids’ school starts in early August and they have a week in October off, the full thanksgiving week, two weeks in spring, etc. It’s really hard on families where both parents work and don’t have local family etc that could watch the kids during these random weeks off.

8 ana { 09.03.17 at 7:24 pm }

For some reason our district is doing the opposite. We are starting after Labor Day but ending early so spring break was turned into a 4 day weekend. We are shifting to starting earlier next year which sucks. I love this little “extra summer” we get with the later start

9 Lori Lavender Luz { 09.04.17 at 4:27 pm }

I’ll be thinking of you in the coming week. How are the haircuts?

10 Chelsea { 09.05.17 at 4:39 pm }

Homeschool! I teach my 13 and 15 year old sons at home. They have very active social lives as well as spending ten hours a week at their martial arts program. Learning at home (primarily) allows us to complete all of our math, writing, science, history, etc., in just a few hours, leaving the rest of the day to read and work out, play guitar, draw, write and pursue whatever else interests us at the moment. Plus, our family gets to spend a great deal of time together… and there is no dreading the end of summer!

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