As our household clings to the last bits of summer, we try to fight the inevitable: the start of school. Surprisingly, this year mom is in the trenches too because I am just not ready even though we have prepared by filling our school supply box to the brim, new shoes, new outfits and stocked fridge for lunches.
Gone is the typical jovial rendition of the brilliant Staples ad, you know the one where the father is dropping school supplies in his shopping cart while the tune “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” plays. This year is different. We have moved on to both kids being in high school and as I realize this is a rite of passage, it does not help the sadness I feel.
As a parent of teens, I find as each day passes, I am stuck in a kind of flux. A place in time where I am waving good bye to their sweet little faces climbing the Kindergarten bus, and preparing for college visits with the future of saying good bye as they embark on new beginnings of becoming an adult. In both vignettes, I am holding back my tears so not to squash the excitement. I am happy and sad all at the same time.
I realize now those who told me “enjoy it now, because it goes so fast,” knew what they were talking about. I’ve learned that almost as quick as the wink of an eye, not only do school days pass by so incredibly fast, but childhood does as well.
So, I fight for those last few “lazy” days of summer where days are long and filled with friends, pick up football or baseball games, nights of roasting s’mores around the patio fire and even a few visits for soft ice cream cones.
I know that all too soon, the clock will buzz at an ungodly hour and the routine of homework, exams and school goings-on will fill our day and I will soon enjoy hearing the stories of all the excitement the new year will bring.
Believe it or not, I am just not ready yet.
This post is part of the Monday Link up with Just Be Enough a site that I am so incredibly proud to be a part of. What makes this Monday link up so special this month?
We are fighting Cancer and kicking it right in the ass with the help of two incredible partners: Bellflower Books and Crickett’s Answer for Cancer. For every 20 link ups received this month, Bellflower Books will donate $75 certificate toward a 20-page memory book to a family identified by Crickett’s Answer who are fighting the good fight against Breast Cancer. Our goal is to be able to provide ten women the opportunity to receive a special book created by family and friends that will be treasured not only by the brave women fighting, but for their families as well.
We have two weeks left and are working hard to reach our goal of 10 books! So far, we are up to 3…and I know we can do better! Please help us make a difference in someone’s life by writing a post about what small moment you were proud to accomplish, that “Be Enough Me” feeling, and link it up each Monday. Don’t have a blog? That’s ok! Go to the Just Be Enough Facebook page and leave a comment sharing your Just be Enough moment and that will count!
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