Girls Write Out
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The glossy folders and sharpened pencils and sticks of glue--all labled with names--are safely nestled in new bookbags, ready for the first day of school. And, can I just say, it can't happen soon enough.

Yeah, yeah, I've enjoyed having my kids for the summer. I've enjoyed the extra time, the board games, the vacation, the spontaneous field trips, but enough's enough. I'm ready to have the house to myself, ready to focus on writing, ready to stop saying "stop it" five hundred times a day, ready to have two consecutive thoughts, ready to grocery shop alone, and ready, yes, for peace and quiet.

I'm ready for my comfortable routine after they've left for school, for a quiet time that's actually, um, quiet, for fifteen minutes of writing without twenty interuptions. I'm glad for summer, but boy, when this time of year rolls around, I'm ready for the kids to go back to school.

So, God bless you teachers, but they're going back tomorrow, and I'm having a chocolate party.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 9:01 AM  
  Comments (13)
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At 8:40 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Tanner went back the 8th...can you believe that? I wasn't ready for him to go back. The whole homework every night kind of takes the joy out of school for me...oh, and I suppose the kids don't like it either. LOL.

p.s. Don't you love new school supplies, though? ;)

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Mine went back last Thursday. I'm so glad they've got school to keep them occupied throughout the day for the next 9 months.

I'm going to celebrate on Thursday by visiting a brand new Borders (opens Thursday!!) and buying Diann's Be Sweet.

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

What is with school starting so early these days? We used to have 3 months off.

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Winter said...

Mine start tomorrow too. I'm down to one at home and two days out of the week he'll be in preschool for two and a half hours.

I know all about the "stop it" "boys knock it off," and "quit hitting each other." It'll be nice to listen to the sound of silence, and then maybe I can get some work done on these books. 'Course, then my hubby will come home from Iraq and he'll be under foot for three to four weeks before he goes back to work.

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Heather said...

We are finishing up the "longest summer in history" here in Texas. Last year, I think our first day of school was the 17th (we had some districts that started 10 or so days earlier), this year, we start on the 27th. Texas law changed . . .no school starts until the 4th Monday in Aug. Still seems like a short summer.

So we're still in the midst of pre-school shopping. I finished up school supplies last night, only to realize I haven't finished the yearly "tradition" of getting the kids new socks and underwear. tehehe doncha know they love that!

I'm ready for a break from the referreeing between the 3 kids . . .

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

My day yesterday:
9 a.m. pick up glasses for Jonah
10 buy new school shoes at the mall with FOUR kids!
11: pick up two kids and meet another at the bowling alley for lunch and a birthday party (oh and drop off daughter at cousin's house)
2: pick up daughter, take birthday kids home.
3 come home clean out car because it's so disgusting, the crap has pulled the entire door lining off.
4:30 Elle's Piano lesson
5:30 come home, make dinner, do dishes, blah blah blah.
10 p.m. write for four minutes before Elle came in and said, "I'm not tired!"


At 1:01 PM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

My boys are older, 13 and 16, but I'm more than ready for school to start. I'm not looking forward to hectic schedules since my fall semester begins two days before their school starts. Oy.

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

LOL! Actually, my oldest son is starting Kindergarten this fall and I've been dreading letting go. I'm not ready, AT ALL, for him to go. However, a funny thing happened over this last year...he grew up. Suddenly he's anxious to learn and I can see that he's not kept busy enough at home. So, I'll probably cry and mourn for him, at least for a while, but everyone assures me it does get better. ;-)

At 11:59 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Happy Mother's Day, Denise--and everyone!

At 2:38 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

You all made it! Summer break is over Mom's!
Happy chocolate and Book party's for one. :)

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

I feel a little like Shauna, although I have a twelve-year-old. Our Christian school had to close over the summer (our area is very economically depressed, and the school just couldn't stay open any longer--too many people dropped out because they couldn't afford it anymore...). So anyway, my baby starts junior high at a public school next Tuesday. It's going to feel a little like that very first day, I think. For me, anyway. She's nervous but excited, too.

It will be nice to be able to work straight through a day though...!

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Laura said...

AMEN, AMEN, and AMEN!!! Three of mine went back last Thursday. My 4-year-old went back to our Mother's Day Out T/TH pre-school yesterday, but I teach there so it's not a total break yet. But right after Labor Day he will start a MWF all day preschool!!!!! I told one friend I was going to read that day! Then I thought maybe I'll take a nap!!! Another friend suggested I just sit and listen to the "quiet" That would last all of 5 minutes! Then I'll go shopping!!

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Christine said...

Okay, ladies. I'm happy for you but I'm on the other side. I'm the teacher! And you're right, Denise, the summer does seem to be getting shorter! I can't complain, though. I've had my serene writing time this summer and managed to finish my first manuscript. Now it's time to put my classroom back together, put up my bulletin board display, straighten those desks, and wait for the flood of eager young minds ready to soak up knowledge. Guess I'll have to keep waiting! Happy writing, ladies! Don't forget those of us on "THE OTHER SIDE"!


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