Wednesday, August 24, 2011

here we go again

I wonder how many parents wake up on the first day of school to an e-mail like this:

Good Evening: This is Dr. Mumin, Superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools.
As you are aware, today at approximately 2pm, an earthquake struck the area. The earthquake reached 5.8 on the Richter scale and rocked the east coast from The Carolinas to Maine.

After review by our maintenance teams, our buildings are safe for opening schools in the morning. Furthermore, this evening, our maintenance teams will continue to check the buildings to ensure there are no changes to their present all clear, safe status.

We look forward to greeting the students tomorrow for the first day of the 2011-2012 school year!


Of course, we'll be potentially rocking and rolling with hurricane Irene later this week too. Yikes. All this environmental drama (along with a multitude of other reasons) makes me think summer should just stick around a little longer!

Andrew: 11th Grade          Peter: 12th Grade          Ethan: 11th Grade

You would think these guys thought that too but they actually got up on time and left for school EARLY!  (Wonder how long that will last??) 

I know a lot of people who love when their kids go back to school. I am not one of them. I love how carefree and lazy summers are. The thought of homework assignments (or... cough... cough.... incomplete homework assignments) and getting teenaged boys up before dawn just gives me the willies. (It is also a reminder that their days at home are numbered.)

Since my boys have been in school I have had the mindset that summer ends once school begins.  Even though here in Maryland we'll have another couple of months of great (maybe even better than great) weather (minus stuff like earthquakes and hurricanes, of course), it's hard for me to come home from work and relax knowing that I now have school obligations and constraints.  Eating dinner at 8:00 at night isn't as leisurely when you know your alarm clock is going off at 5:00 the next morning and no one has any clean clothes and you forgot to pick-up that poster board on your way home from work. 

BUT I have tried very hard this year to change my thinking about summer.
This year I am trying to maintain my summertime mentality and just take things one day at a time. I am determined to enjoy every day for what it brings (or doesn't bring). So even with mounds of laundry, I am clinging to the notion that there's always time for a glass of wine with Countrymouse on the deck because, really, there's always going to be laundry and when the day is done, I'd much rather drift off to sleep thinking about time spent with him than whether or not my towels are clean.


  1. Love that back-to-school picture! Yay for the wine over laundry decision too.

  2. Bizarre indeed, a five am alarm call, I bet you could do without that!

  3. aw! my cousins! this made me miss them... :(

  4. Back to school - I miss back to school time, I always liked starting all my new classes and all that possibility of what the new year would bring.


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