Today was the last day of school for Nora and Stuey. I went to their end of school awards ceremony, gave out some teary thank-you hugs to their hardworking, amazing teachers and principals. Then the kids and I went to lunch at the Powerhouse and contemplated the end of another school year.
There are mixed feelings around here regarding summer. One child is thrilled. One child isn’t, and would rather be in perpetual school. (This said child especially appreciates the routine of school.) And me…I’m 75/25 excited for summer!
I”m looking forward to not having that morning rush to get the kids to school. The change in routine is welcomed and the summer camps will be chances for new friends and new learning. I’m looking forward to backyard bbq’s, hiking, camping and fishing and beach bonfires.
This evening Stuey realized he didn’t have a book to read tomorrow, so at 7pm we went to the library to stock up on some new reads. I gravitated to the library FOR SALE bins where paperbacks are a $1. There were several drawing books in there that I picked up with hopes that the kids might enjoy them this summer.
We came home and Stuey checked out the drawing books and was captivated. He pulled out his art sketchbook from school and began from page one in the book. He sat at the table drawing away while I cleaned up and organized the art, notecard, games cabinet which sits between the kitchen and living room.
A year ago my family was in such a different spot. I wasn’t yet moved into my current house, things were in disarray with boxes, in transition, etc. Now, the kids have bedrooms all to themselves, are acquainted with the neighborhood and it feels like a much better summer starting part.
When I look into my arts cabinet, I see projects waiting to be done, memories waiting to be made, letters waiting to been written, music waiting to be played, time waiting to be spent having fun together.
Here we go, Summer 2018!