While most children in America are starting school today, or sometime this week, my kids have been back in school for 4 weeks already. School where we live is year-round. And although it’s been convenient for our family because of the way we travel during the odd season, I really really really wish my kids could’ve had a little bit more of a summer to enjoy. Especially my daughter. The few weeks of summer she had off, she was “working” as one of the main cast performers for a big show here in the valley. She actually started school the day after her last performance. I didn’t send her. She would have gotten barely six hours of sleep. She needed the rest and at least a day to recover…and so did I.
I want longer summers, the dreaded cold is approaching and the only months we have to enjoy the sun my kids spend half of those inside a classroom. I have an issue with that. So to compensate for it, I am taking them away during their October time off. While everyone will be wearing sweaters and making Halloween decorations, we will be walking barefoot on the sandy beaches in Mexico! Enough said!
And if their 2013 summer is cut short gain, I will find another destination and then the loss will be made up and then maybe I won’t feel so bad. Costa Rica has been on my mind…
Utah lacks a beach, instead we did the best we could with what we had:
The Splash Park
Somersaults at the local pool
The Water park with the funny guy dancing an island tune
And the cupcake eating troop
When all that ended:
We met a new First Grade teacher and got reunited with an old soccer friend
We looked fancy and ready on our “first” day of school
And we walked together for the first time to and from school.
While Mami watched you through the window as you went away, one or two tears came down for she simply wasn’t ready to let go…just not yet.