It seems that while the cold and dark winter drags on forever, the summer days go by in a blink, don’t they? Here in Massachusetts we’re at the midpoint of the kids’ summer vacation and I’m loving the break from the school year logistics.
I wax and wane between feeling like school can’t start soon enough, and wishing we could stretch summer out a bit longer – and usually feel both those emotions on the same day. Can you relate?
As my kids get older I find my role changing from summer activities director to chauffeur, and while part of me misses the days of arts and crafts on the driveway or whole days spent at the pool, I want to enjoy the ages they are, not wish this time away or long for days gone by. I am trying hard to embrace where we are right now in our family life. The tween and teen years have their challenges (doesn’t every age we parent, though?), but it occurred to me the other day that while of course I love them, I also really LIKE my kids (usually) (sometimes) (when they’re not giving me that tone of voice). They all have their own personalities and quirks that I enjoy, when they’re not exhausting me with debates about why it’s necessary to pick up their room or mow the lawn or fold laundry.
The other thing I have been relishing in this summer is seeing the three of them hang out together by choice. Oh there is the typical sibling arguing and harassment, but often I find them out back throwing a ball or shooting hoops or laughing about some silly YouTube video like the Sideburns Song.
Overall, it’s been a great summer so far……
a lot of summer ball….