Normally, the last day and a half of school are a mild chaos. I try to pack in a whole to-do list of errands and items that are easier to accomplish while the kids are on our usual school schedule. This year is different, however. The end of the school year did not come a moment too soon. It’s been one of those years.
Monday night, I bought my summer beer and a bunch of ice cream treats for the kids because making it through this year and putting it behind us is something worth celebrating. A few months ago, I heard the founder of Alt School speak and he said something that has been echoing my head ever since. While he was explaining why the Alt School loves to get feedback quickly from parents and students, he said that time moves slower for kids, and if something isn’t going right at school, it’s the longest year of a kid’s life. That was a deliberately loose paraphrase to avoid revealing too much of our year, but hopefully the gist is enough. When something at school sucks, it makes it a long year. It’s been a long year.
We’re cheering for summer hard this year. We’ll celebrate it’s arrival with a milkshakes, but in our minds, it will be a full champagne-drenched party, like a locker room scene when a professional team wins a championship. We have a few days of nothingness before camps kick in, and we welcome both.
The unusual rain this morning arrived on time to wash away the past. Summer break, we’re ready for your fresh start.