Today the younger chicks of the flock headed off to high school. Yup, all of our school-aged kids are in one school again, something that hasn’t happened for the last 13 years. (This, of course, means no more of those fun-filled nights when we raced from one school’s teacher conferences to another’s.)
It’s definitely time for them to all go back, to see friends, and to have a schedule with boundaries and expectations. Sitting in your room tweeting your friends is fine, but now it’s time to once again learn about history, to read some Shakespeare and to wade your way through some heavy duty Physics classes. Growing up carries on, just like the seasons.
I have to admit, this has been the nicest summer we’ve had in a long time. Not too hot or humid. In fact, it was pretty much perfect and trust me, we took advantage of it, but as the leaves start turning and the weather becomes brisk, we all know that it’s time to get back to a routine. The kids need to return to school and I need to sit my butt in the chair and get back to my writing full-time (you wouldn’t believe how much I’ve been able to get done on this, their first day away – uninterrupted-focus *is* all that it’s cracked up to be.)
I’ve never been one of those moms who cries at the thought of my kids going to school. Oh sure, I think of them when they are away, but I know that they’re with their friends and that they are learning and being exposed to new thoughts and experiences. I’ve always loved school and so I’ve assumed that my kids would also.
It’s that attitude (along with a very long backed-up to-do list) that let me cheerily wave my little chicks off this morning as they walked up the street grumbling about having to wake up so early.
Goodbye, have fun, be safe and stay smart, my poppits. See you when you come back home.
Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com
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