Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Well, the boys are getting ready to go back to school on August 20th. In Florida we go back earlier than the rest of the country, but we are trying to fix that. In previous years school started the first week in August instead of September like the rest of America. Parents, irritated to sometimes have to cut their family vacation short, have protested and tried to get the date pushed forward. So far, we have only gotten it two weeks closer. Preston graduates this year, and Matthew is the year behind him, so it probably will not affect my boys. What a difference a year makes in the life of a kid. Last year both boys were at band camp. This year our band director was "re-assigned" (to put it nicely) and the new director is not the greatest teacher. Both boys decided not to participate in marching band. So many kids have quit that there may not even be a marching band this year. They will both still have music classes during school. I should be glad not the have to pull the trailer to competitions and be at football games every Friday night, but as many of you know, I am not big on any kind of change. Raising teenagers involves a constant state of change. Preston has been driving for a year now, and Matt gets his license on August 31st. They both have part-time jobs. They would rather be off with their friends than home with their moms. We used to have dinner ever night, but now it is almost impossible to get us all together. Lately, I don't even cook dinner, opting to go out or just open up a can of soup! For the last couple of years my job has been defined as "stay at home mom". I know the boys will be home for a few more years, but I am sad to see it starting to come to the end. It seems that our time together has been so short!


susan said...

Can I read between the lines here - empty nest syndrome? If your job is 'stay at home mom', does this mean you get to retire? Or do you move on to another job title?

My kids are 25 and 28, and personally I am enjoying this PK time (post-kids).

I hope all goes well with your boys in school this year, no surprises!

jellyhead said...

Funny - I just read a post about this on another blog - the mother on this blog spoke about parenting as being a process of holding on (when the child is a baby) but slowly beginning to let go as the children grow in age and independence. I know I'm going to find that letting go hard, too.

You'll probably find new interests to take up the time you spent on caring for and parenting your boys. You might even get to like your newfound freedom!

Sandy said...

School started here on August 9th and I can't remember when they shortened summer vacation for the kids here, but it was done a day at a time. I remember when my children didn't have to return to school until September.

My empty nest syndrome didn't last long...just 2-3 years if that, and they were back. Not moved back, but back to visit every chance they had. And sometime in their 30's they all moved back here to my hometown. You just can't get rid of some kids, hehehe.
I'm not complaining cause I love it. Isn't that what life is all about...family?

Schiplady said...

Just wait.....maybe the empty nest thing will pass and after 20 years away, Preston will return just as Ed did. Anyway, it will give you that time you were looking for to do some traveling with your camper. Out West anyone !!