Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer Time And The Living Is Easy

School's out for the summer.

My eleven year old twins are off for three months. Count them. I do. Summer vacation means different things to kids and different things to parents.

For kids, it's that time of year when homework and teachers and backpacks and classrooms go bye bye. On come video games and staying up late every night.

For parents?

Where do I begin?

To us, it seems like the summer break goes on forever. It seems like you make plans with your urchins who want no part of said plans. All they want to do is play those video games, watch Sponge Bob and just kind of lollygag around the house. Two truths. They feel they've earned that. The other truth? We parents don't think so.

What to do?

Around our house Mom is in charge and that's bad news for the summer break kids. She has them writing just about everyday. Doing reading and math just about everyday. They're on the swim team and they have practice just about everyday. Lots of grumbling from the boys, all together now,  just about everyday.

I always tell my boys I'm afraid of their mother.

That's because I am.

I call her a paper tiger because they learned early, that if they cry, Mom would change her mind. But they're older now and there's a new sheriff in town. Once she has her mind set on something, that's pretty much it.

So summer is a busy time for us. As they say, an idle mind is the devil's playground...

As far as swim practice goes there's the morning swim at eight. It rains in the afternoon here alot and evening swim practice begins at five. Sooo everyday, everyday, at four, one of my twins, Miles, peeks through the windows and says, "Looks like it's gonna rain."

Of course practice is cancelled if it's raining. Miles knows that.

This week alone they've had to cancel evening swim twice because of thunder and lightning.

Parents, I feel your pain. I really do.

It's only the first week of June.

It's going to be a long hot summer.

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