Last night all of the schedules, forms, PTA memos, and requests started coming in for the upcoming school year. Last night I sat up for an hour, in the dark, thinking about how I have to get wolf scarves, soccer cleats, gymnastics uniforms, and backpacks ready for next week. I thought about all of the volunteer requests; I thought about my seven year old’s busy schedule and how we’ll fit in soccer practice and scouts on the same night.
Today I will pull my calendar back out and start filling it in again. Today I will start thinking about things like school lunches, and meal plans. I will start collecting my recipes for big vats of stew and chili that can cook all day in order to be ready when we drag ourselves home from wherever. Today I will google about kids who cry about homework, and how to stop getting them to cry, before I throw my hands up and say, “Fine. You can just fail 2nd grade. See how you contribute to your 401(k) then.” Today I will breathe, and remember to enjoy the 6 days of summer vacation we have left.