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The countdown begins

August 17, 2010

Tomorrow is the big day: the day the class lists are posted, like Martin Luther’s theses, on the door. AJ is excited. He is ready to go back to school, although he claims he will only like the first and the last day. Normally around this time I’m hoping he has a good year. This year, though, after all that’s happened, I’m in more of a glass empty mode, so I’m just hoping he doesn’t have a bad one.

As usual, I’m having some very mixed feelings about the end of the summer. I’m looking forward to having a normal work schedule. But I’ll miss having AJ around too. But still, we have our homeschooling hour this year. I’m hoping that will be interesting for both of us.

We still have a long list of back to school events to squeeze in. We need to label the school supplies. We need to locate a new bookshelf for AJ’s overflowing collection, which mostly ends up on his desk where he’s supposed to be able to do his homework. And I need to finish my list of what we want AJ to accomplish in fourth grade. School hasn’t even started yet and I’m already behind on my homework.

But there are also a few more things we need to do before summer’s over. We need to go to the beach, even if it’s only for an hour or two. And we need to have a picnic under the plum tree, if the squashed plums aren’t too disgusting to sit on.

What’s on your end of summer list?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2010 10:11 pm

    I was just wondering if they still posted class lists on actual doors, or if it had gone digital.

    I am not ready for summer to be over. Not at all.

  2. freshhell permalink
    August 18, 2010 7:10 am

    Best of luck. I’m kind of ready for summer to end at this point esp as the next couple of weeks will be completely schedule-crazy.

    I had hoped to get to the lake again (we’ve only gone once this year) but I think we’re going to run out of time as the beach closes after Labor Day.

    Things on the agenda include taking Red to a movie while Dusty’s in art class, taking them to the newly re-opened art museum in the city that’s been shuttered for two years, getting together with friends for a meal. Small things.

    The weather had a lot to do with things we didn’t do. Didn’t letterbox. Didn’t do much outside because it was so hot and dry and now August is simply The Thunderstorm That Never Ends.

    Hope AJ gets a good teacher who will work with you. Hope he has a great last year in elementary school.

  3. August 18, 2010 7:20 am

    Our school kept the class lists under lock and key until the day of registration. Then, after you’d paid for the PTA, bought a ton of supplies, signed up for all the committees, they finally told you the teacher. Not even the teachers had known the day before! It was a Thursday, giving them one day to prep classrooms for all the names coming in before school started that Monday. Crazy! I can’t see the benefit of keeping the class list secret. Won’t you still get all the complaints and requests to change even if you post it later?

    My kids are into week two and I’m still not ready for the summer to be over. It isn’t so hot at 7:30 when they leave to walk, but the humidity almost knocks you over.

  4. August 18, 2010 5:05 pm

    Alas, our end of summer list is almost done–today was our last day at the lake. Tomorrow Eleanor has to hand out schedules along with the other NHS students, and Friday she’s having her friends over for her birthday and Walker and I are going to Indianapolis for a chess tournament. Monday is her real birthday and we have plans for that, and then school starts Tuesday.

  5. August 19, 2010 7:14 am

    Six days until ‘O Day’: my sister, her husband and my six going on forty nephew are coming for their first visit to Case de IWOM. They were going to come three summers ago but then that pesky six months…err…two year Hong Kong assignment came along and we didn’t want them buying plane tickets until we knew for certain we were staying here for the forseeable future.

    The Nephew is in Waldorf (cue spooky organ music) so this morning I cut parts for bird tables, bird boxes and a bug box. We’ll have plenty to do when it is too rainy for outdoor pursuits. He wants to see ‘castles and dragons’. Castles we got — want ’em crumbling or great big solid ones on hills? Dragons on the other hand….

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