Almost summer.

Back when you and I were in school — or maybe just me; how old are you? — we started school the Monday after Labor Day and ended school the Friday before Memorial Day.  And maybe some places are still like that.  But here, where my children go to school, they start school in late August and end school in mid-June.  Specifically, June 10.

But the weather has already warmed up enough to call it summer, and the pool opened the weekend of Memorial Day.  We’ve spent some late nights outside, the adults talking while the kids played, and spent lazy afternoons swimming in the cool water.  We’ve been operating as if it’s already summer vacation.  So it makes it seem very wrong that today, Monday, I had to get up and send the kids back to school.

I don’t know how much learning they are doing, all sleepy eyed and daydreaming of the taste of summer fun they’ve had.  I can’t imagine being able to get these children to buckle down and work.  I guess it may de rigueur for them, because this is the way it’s always been in their short school careers, but it certainly seems very strange to me.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kari on 06/02/2008 at 5:25 pm

    My kids are done already with school for the year, their last day was May 29th. But, I think they start so crazy early-their 1st day back is Aug 15. I really wish mine were still in school, the fighting & whining today is putting me over the edge! I tried doing something fun with them today(the park), but we left after only 30 minutes, because all they were doing was fighting.


  2. Posted by e on 06/03/2008 at 11:18 am

    Since the kids get out June 10th, expect to hear about how much they are annoying me somewhere around the 11th.

    Oh, but wait…Grandpa is coming to visit. So maybe they can annoy HIM, and I can go to Starbucks and the bookstore. Right, Grandpa? Right??


  3. Posted by Dad on 06/03/2008 at 11:24 am

    Mmmmm, Starbucks,,,,,,,bookstore……


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