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Friday, June 11, 2010

School’s Out For The Summer!

School bus

Thank God school is out for the summer!  My kids were more than ready.  And me?  I was ready too.  I never seem to get my act together and be the perfect “School Mom.”

Homework.  Schedules.  Playdates.  Permission slips.  Emails.  More homework.  Teacher appreciation day.  Volunteer commitments.  Overdue library books.  Book sales.  Bake sales.  Lunches.  Lunch money.  Carpool.

It’s completely exhausting.  And I already wear too many hats.  But every once in awhile, the kids beg me to volunteer and I decide to actually show up.

A couple of weeks ago, I volunteered to be a “mystery reader” in Nick’s third grade class.  But when I got to his classroom, his class was empty – the kids were at Art.   Through no fault of Nick’s teacher, the daily schedule had changed.  She apologized profusely and said, “Is there any way you can come back in two hours?”

Actually, there wasn’t.  I had meetings booked solid the rest of the day.  And I wasn’t going to be able to come back and volunteer any time soon.  So I tracked down Nick during Art class.  He was surprised to see me.

“What are you doing here?”

“I came to be a mystery reader, but the schedule changed.  Do you want me to pick up McDonald’s for lunch?”

“Nah, I’d rather have a grilled cheese.  But maybe you can come back and read to the class later.”

So much for being Supermom.  I couldn’t even bribe him with McDonald’s.  Later than evening, I explained to Nick that I wouldn’t be able to volunteer at school until next year.  Nick understood, but he was still bummed.

“Mom, did you ever notice that whenever you try to do anything at my school, it always backfires?  But thanks for trying.”

As Nick knows, I’m probably never going to be the room parent.  Maybe next year I’ll get in his classroom more often.  For now, I’m just glad school’s out for the summer.  Sometimes, moms need a break!


Heidiopia said...

I love how summertime notches down the schedule so I can actually appreciate and enjoy my kids a bit. Hope you get to enjoy yours, too. And what a sweet, mature boy to understand your plight. Kudos to you!

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Wow, I can relate to this one. Was scheduled to volunteer in #2's class two days ago, but then #3 has a health concern and we book it to the dr. (of course the only time they can see her is during the time I was to volunteer)...oi.

Thought of you when I created my post today.
~ Wendy

Susan DiMickele said...

Thanks! We are kicking the summer off with weekend camping.

Laura said...

I feel your pain. It's the thought that counts, right? Sounds like your boy knows what really matters.

Enjoy your summer...maybe it will slow down a bit?