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Summer Holidays!

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Today is the last day of the school year. When I was in school, it was always a sad day for me. I loved going to school. I think now that what I liked about school was how routine it was. You get up at the same time every day. You catch the school bus at the same time. You know how your day is going to look like. I still like knowing how my day's going to look like, but I'm a lot more flexible now. So now, it's a mixed-emotions kind of day.

I'm feeling sad that our routine is going to heck and a little bit mortified by having the kids home with me for the summer holidays. We are going for a family trip (just the four of us!) for two weeks (watch this space for updates), but the rest of the time it's the kids and I hanging out. No camps this year. My plan is to work for an hour or two in the mornings before we head out for the day, but we've seen what happens to my plans, so I'm not holding my breath.

I'm feeling happy that I don't have to stress about getting out of the house at a specific time and having their uniform washed and ballet leotards ready by this day and homework. As a mom, I don't like school half as much as I did when I was a kid. School is a lot of work. And now that I'm more flexible, I sometimes resent having to be on time all year round. I'm actually looking forward to hanging out with my kids and taking them to museums and parks and art galleries (I'll work out a plan for us soon).

The end of the year is always a little emotional for me. My kids finished another school year. They're growing, and that makes me sad on one level (because they're not babies anymore) and happy on another level (because they're not babies anymore). I'm excited about our upcoming trip but also a little worried (ok, a lot worried) about surviving it. I'm sure it'll be ok, but I can't help but worry (because that's what I do). I know from experience that pretty soon we'll have a new routine and things will fall back into place. I know that in September I'll be both happy to have some time for myself again and sad that I can't have more time with the kids.

Here's to a happy, sunny, relaxed summer holidays!


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