Wednesday, August 14, 2013
And Just Like That, Summer Is Gone
I went back-to-school shopping yesterday. School doesn't start for Just Son until after Labor Day this year, so I technically could wait until the really, really, really good sales later this month. But I thought I'd get some of the things on his supply list now. After all, if I wait too long, all the boxes of 24-count Crayola crayons at Target would be gone. Oh wait! They were.
But nevermind that.
As I wandered up and down the aisles looking for erasers, pens, pencils and other supplies that fourth-grade students are asked to have this year, I got what can only be described as butterflies in my stomach. I don't know if the butterflies started because I'm nervous about the upcoming year, because I'm excited he's growing, or both. But as I placed each item in my cart, I thought about how quickly the years seem to have gone.
Yes, it's cliche. But really, didn't he just start kindergarten last year?
Didn't he just learn how to write his full name?
Didn't he just learn how to read, count to 100 and add 2 + 2?
Every year ... no, every day I try to do my best to savor each moment with JS. Sometimes I succeed in stopping time by forgetting about everything else and just focusing on his giggles, his wit and his curiosity. Other days I'm not as successful, focusing instead on "to do" lists.
I'm afraid these next three weeks will be one giant "to do" list: doctor's appointments, hair cut, back-to-school clothes shopping, etc. I'm so thankful that he has three more weeks before school, or the "to do's" would be back-to-back rather than spread out in a semi-leisurely way. But every "do it now" seems to speed up what's left of one of the best leisurely summers we've had.
I'll do my best to keep savoring the rest of this golden summer. But I must admit it's hard to do as the fall calendar starts getting filled, and there are very few "open" days left.
Just today my calendar told me it was time to get JS registered for school.
And just like that, summer is gone...