School starts in less than a week and I’ve got that summertime sadness. It never seems long enough. This year all three of my little ones will be in school all day. I always get nervous as the first day approaches. Of course I never tell them this but it’s hard to let go. Occasionally I think of the possibility of home schooling and then I remind myself how out of control my classroom would be.
This summer was a relaxed one. I didn’t worry about work. I let my inbox fill and didn’t stress over schedules. Instead I played right along side of them. We shared ice cream sandwiches and too many laughs to count. I watched as their hair lightened in the sun. I saw them each grow a little bit bigger.
I sat poolside while Brianna fought her fears of going underwater and finally did it. I watched as they each learned to swim and cheered them on. We had our first Hoard Sale and ate too many frozen yogurts to count. Training wheels were removed from bicycles and we went through a lot of Band Aids.
I watched as they made new friends and played with their cousins. I smiled as they tattled and reminded me that “we never do anything fun.” We laughed some more. I watched as Dylan held a door for an older couple and reminded myself that I’m not failing. I washed towel after towel from pool days.
I left my camera behind. I watched as they became more courageous and determined. I smiled as they played quietly knowing that a mess was sure to follow. We painted with our feet and went barefoot. Each day was an adventure as I watched Brianna dig for worms and Dylan create origami. It was a summer of full of fun and one that I will always remember. Now I must remind myself that a schedule is just around the corner. That my inbox does in fact still exist and that all my little ones will now be in school.