Ahhh... Today was report card day, and now the school is quiet.
We had a terrific time with teachers and classmates. We brought bubbles to the kindergarten class and pinwheels to the 2nd grade. It was fun to see even the older kids get a kick out of something so simple. We brought cards to teachers and cherry pies as special thank you gifts. (We baked them last night!)
And when all was said and done, we left the school with smiles on our faces. (I think the teachers were smiling too.)
I was talking with another parent on our way out of school. She rolled her eyes when talking about her family's schedule -- they juggle dance lessons and two sports on opposite sides of town during the summer. She seemed stressed about it, but happy that at least her mornings would be free now.
The conversation made me feel so grateful that we've taken a season off from sports. This summer there is no baseball, and after next week there will be no dance class. We're not signing the kids up for sports camps or College for Kids or anything like that.
They just get to be kids. And I just get to be Mom.
It was a relief to drive home and know that the only thing we have to worry about is whether the weather will be nice enough to go to the pool. Summer is freedom from the schedule, so the kids will sleep when they're tired and eat when they're hungry.
They're all sitting behind me right now, working at the art table -- taking time to be quietly creative. Why? It's just what they want to do.
They're letting go of the busy feeling. To me, that's what Summertime is all about.
- Midwest Mom