Today is the last day of school. The last day of middle school for my daughter and the last day of elementary for my son. It’s a big day. The last day of school always fills me with dread, how will I keep them busy? What will I do with them at home all summer? How will I handle the repeated moans of ‘I’m bored’? However this year, I’m feeling…… a little excited.
I read a short post a while back, from The Nester’s Blog, titled 18 Summers, How Many do You Have Left. It is a quick but thought-provoking post about the time we have with our children before they leave for college, and eventually adulthood. For me, when the kids were younger, I rarely had thoughts of them leaving the nest, it just seemed like so far in the future. But now it seems, the future is knocking at my door.
These two, once tiny, creatures have grown into wonderful, fun, young people who I really enjoy hanging out with. I don’t have any magical ideas about how to fill our days with adventure, no wisdom to answer the ‘I’m bored’ dilemma, (go clean your room is my default answer), my plan is simple. I’m going to enjoy my family this summer! Not to say that I don’t always enjoy them, I usually do, but it’s very easy in this hectic life to zip from day-to-day with out marking the special moments, and then……. they are gone. And we only have just a few summers left!
So today, just for the 4 of us, I’m planning a Last Day of Middle/Elementary School Party! Hot Dogs, Watermelon, and I’ve made homemade Ice Cream! Using Alton Brown’s fantastic recipe found here. It is so worth the trouble!
There will certainly be card games, and if the weather holds, we may all just jump in the swimming pool! We are going to consciously ‘mark’ this special milestone in their lives, it will never come again.
Have any fun summer ideas?? I’d love to hear them!!