Last week, I wrote a post complaining about all the hassles that go along with back to school time. And while I do need to rejigger my brain in anticipation of inevitable craziness the school year will bring, there’s so much that I’m also looking forward to.
Obviously, my kids are driving me nuts and I can’t wait to get them out of the house. It’s been a rough August. So, that I am clearly looking forward to. But more than just getting them out of the house, I’m looking forward to getting them back into a schedule.
You know what they say: an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. That is certainly true when it comes to my boys. For the past month, since camp has ended, all they’ve wanted to do is go next door to play video games in a dark basement.
Not a huge fan of this activity, I’ve been trying to keep them busy. But it’s not been going well. I offer to take them to the movies; one wants to go and the other doesn’t. I offer to take them to the park; one wants to go and the other doesn’t. Or, they both agree to some activity or another, we do it, then we get home and they’re immediately bored. So to the dark basement they go. Too drained at this point to do anything else about it, I let them.
But during the school year, between school and all their after school activities, we are rarely idle. I am looking forward to reengaging their little bodies and brains in productive and healthy activities.
I’m also looking forward to watching Mr. A, my 9-year old, play soccer and baseball. Sure, it can be a grind. But there’s little that compares to the feeling of watching him pitch a great game or score a goal for his team.
I’m looking forward to watching D-Man, my almost 8-year old, continue to come out of his shell. He’s not always the most confident of souls. (hmmm… where does he get that from?) But with each new friend he makes and with each new skill he learns, he becomes more self-assured. I enjoy seeing his face light up when he talks about something great that happened to him in school that day or how he now knows how to do math like his big brother.
Then there’s me. I’ve become quite lazy over the summer. I’ve been sleeping till 8:00 or later. I haven’t’ stepped foot into the gym. I’ve been eating like it’s my last day on earth. So for my own well being, I’m looking forward to getting myself back into a schedule. No more excuses.
I am looking forward to taking conference calls in peace—without having to put my phone on mute every two minutes to yell at my kids.
I’m looking forward to being able write more. Where it will take me, who knows. But it makes me happy, so writing I will do.
Mostly, I am looking forward to a change in scenery. While I love summer and the carefree lifestyle it brings, I’m ready for something new. I’m ready to have some new life infused into my family. I’m ready for some new experiences.
So, school year… here we come. I’m so ready!
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