School supplies are purchased, twice because the school changed the 7th grade list after we’d already purchased everything on the original list. Initial school clothes are purchased. I say initial because it’s still summer here and a new fall/winter wardrobe will need to be obtained. The same is true of shoes. We bought what is needed for now but boots, usually two stylish pairs, will need to be acquired when temperatures begin to drop.
We’ve met the home room teacher, have the set of books they let the kids keep at home so they don’t have to lug text books back and forth each day, and printed out the schedule. Overall, things are going well, though we’re now on the hunt for small composition notebooks with 3 holes in the binding. Willow will start with what she has and go from there.
When I was a kid, school started after Labor Day. August meant hot, lazy days, maybe going to camp and definitely entering craft and food items in the county fair. This last month of summer was filled with days at Lake Michigan, greasy elephant ears at the fair, and nights that carried a hint of the cooler months to come.
Here in Georgia and many other states as well, kids think of July as the end of summer even though the seasonal calendar disagrees. We celebrated by having an “end of summer break bash” at our house yesterday and this morning. Four of Willow’s five closest friends (one is still at the beach) came over and we took them to a summer block buster movie followed by a round of mini golf. The girls then had pizza and home-made ice cream. Since this was my husband’s project and he is a scientist, it was made with liquid nitrogen rather than in an ice cream maker. They had a big breakfast this morning then we sent them home to rest up for Monday.
As a parent, I’ve always have a love/hate relationship with the start of school and this year is no exception. Willow and I had a great time together this summer and since she’s now 13 years-old, I can envision a time when she will have other interests so I hold these weeks as precious treasures. On the other side of the coin is the reality that I worked to expand my freelance writer career over the last few months. This has been much more successful than I imagined and I need to spend more time writing, so the start of school is coming at a good time for me.
So ready or not, school starts on Monday. Willow is more organized than I am and so she has her backpack ready and probably the first weeks’ worth of outfits selected. I have my to-do list ready so I can hit the ground running as well. The calendar may say “August” but for us, summer really is over.
How’s your summer going?
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