School started on Wednesday.
It was tough. Not saying goodbye to the kids--but waking up early again. I am not a morning person. The world just doesn't make sense to me until after 11.
Tommy started eighth grade:
And Natalie started third:
I do miss them while they are gone. But there are reasons why I'm happy school is back in session. And here they are.
1. Towels will no longer be everywhere.
I won't find them in the the yard, the floor, the couch, the lamp or the cat anymore.
2. I won't have to hear the neighborhood kids asking for food all day long. Or a drink.
I don't mind giving kids water. We have a water dispenser on the fridge. But sometimes the kid is all, "I don't like water. I want a juice box." I say, "You live five houses away. Walk over and get one then." I'm kidding. I don't say it. I want to. Instead I go, "You may have water or water."
As for the food, I'll pass out fruit snacks but again, someone will inevitably go, "I don't like these. Any cookies?" I say, "Yes, but they're mine."
3. I won't have random kids be like, "Can I use your bathroom?"
...when they live about two houses away. I always want to say, "Did your toilet blow up, or what?" Because then I worry about random pee on the toilet seat. And sometimes kids will emerge from the bathroom thirty seconds later and you KNOW they haven't washed their hands. And then they put their pee hands on our furniture. On our cats. And it just freaks me out in general.
4. Schedules are back!
I prefer a schedule. I mean, I do enjoy sleeping in. But then it can get rather boring. During the school year I know the kids are out of the house by 835. Then it is errands. Then I have lunch at 11. I clean at noon. The kids are home by 4. Then it's homework. Dinner. Baths. Bedtime. It is fun to be able to go places and not have to worry about school, but what happens if you've run out of places to go?!
5. It's QUIET again.
I need it. Kids seem to like to gather here, and it's okay until they get hysterically loud. I'm talking the kind of loud where you think someone is injured. I run out and find one kid sitting on another because its her horse. I remind the girls that contrary to what television shows and movies portray, that girls DO NOT have to shriek whenever they are excited. It frightens others and hurts eardrums.
Is school back in session for your kids?