There are seven more days of school, not counting today, and we are all looking forward to the end of the year. Like the Christmas holidays, this is always a very busy time of year. Between end-of-the-year plays and parties and birthdays it gets to be a little overwhelming for me. Was it like this when I was a kid? I can’t remember. But then I wasn’t the one responsible for putting together a costume or preparing food for the party. Then it was all about the excitement of the year being over. The start of summer!
Yesterday afternoon Four had his party/pageant marking the end of the school year and Eight’s school play will be on Monday. Friday is the end-of-the-school-year party for both of them. Saturday is a joint birthday party for four kids in Eight’s class. Alone, these things are very doable, but when I think about the costume preparation, food preparation and shopping for the birthday gifts that they entail, and which I have barely begun, the scope of the commitment expands somewhat. Already I am hoping that Eight doesn’t have too much homework for the weekend because Sunday I would like to just be able to relax with my kids. And maybe do … nothing.
I can always tell I am a little frazzled because I hear myself saying things to the boys like, “Could you please please please just this one time do what I ask the first time I ask it? Or the second? Or just eventually do it? Please? PLEASE?”