I know, I know, I’ll be getting back to the chickens tomorrow. It’s just that having a flock also means being in a flock.
And that’s what today’s post is about. Today is our annual “practice-day-before-the-first-day-of-school” party.
Each year, on the day before the first day of school, we set our alarm for 5:45 and at the stroke of 6:00am, Marc and I pound pots and pans with wooden spoons in order to wake up the kids. I usually belt out that song “Ri-ize and shi-ine and give God the glory, glory” not because I’m religious or anything, but because it’s one of only two songs I remember from Girl Scout camp (the other being about having a smile in your pocket which doesn’t have enough “umph” to it IMHO for waking up a bunch of sleepy kids.)
This year, because Marc is still at RIT with Griffin, I had to do all the pot pounding. (and may I recommend it as a great stress reliever?- although I did break the wooden spoon this time, um, did I mention it was a good stress reliever?)
This sure ain't your mama's wooden spoon
Once all the kids got up, they tumbled downstairs where one was assigned to the bacon and one to the pancakes. One child went out to the henhouse for eggs and another scrambled them on the stove while the last child set the table and poured the orange juice.
I drank a cup of coffee (what? there are *some* benefits to having a large flock, you know.)
Friends of ours who have been coming to this party now for several years brought fruit salad and champagne grapes (if you haven’t tried them, you must, they burst like tiny bubbles in your mouth.)
Although cool, the weather was nice enough for us all to sit outside where we talked about the upcoming school year, what to expect, teachers that we’ve liked, and one in particular to avoid at all costs (seriously not kidding here.) At the end of the party, each child got new pens, a notebook, and some colorful napkins to pack in their lunch bags.
It’s an annual celebration of hope for the upcoming school year but it’s also a communion of closure. Summer has passed, another school year begins in 3, 2, ….