I was counting down the days until summer vacation started perhaps more diligently than the children. This is a yearly thing for me now apparently. May tries to take me out but I just keep my sights set on June. This makes Ryan laugh because he knows I am a creature that thrives best in routine and it won't be far into summer that I'll be wishing for my routine back.
But May...This May, is not the type of routine I would choose for myself. This May wanted to test my resolve. To add to our normal year end crazy, there were three little league baseball schedules to keep up with. Every week brought at least 10 baseball commitments on the calendar. I thought I would crack and I certainly snapped a few times. There were stretches that would last 12 days without a break from baseball.
I had to get used to the idea that I couldn't be at everything and sometimes a kid had to be late or miss out on a commitment entirely. There was no perfect way to handle it. I had to admit I needed help. Grammy driving all the way down after work to get a kid to a game was no longer just a sweet gesture of solidarity but a huge stress relief for me, us. And that's just the sports calendar....I could go on but I won't. You have your own version of this same story, the one where your own calendar tries to strangle you.
I had to keep pulling my eyes off early June and stop wishing May would end already. Moments were happening in May and early June that I actually didn't want to miss. So many 'lasts' happen in this season and we try and wrap some significance around them. I didn't want my spring fever to cloud my vision and cause my head to swirl so badly that I missed it.
The night before the last day of school Riley spiked a fever of 102+. Yes he did. His fever was only slight by morning. He was clearly not feeling well but my boy loves school. Missing his last day would be so hard. There is a policy for this, 24 hour fever free before returning to school. If I just follow policy the decision is already made, yet I struggled to decide. Alas, Riley missed his last day of 1st grade.
The reality of this didn't really hit him until the other kids were coming home from school. He began to cry. Thinking that by missing the last day, he didn't complete 1st grade. He cried, "I don't know what this means." Will he be allowed in 2nd grade?
His teacher caught wind of Riley's feelings. She emailed us a letter for him bringing some closure to first grade and wishing him well in 2nd. I cry just thinking of it. How precious to be someone who can help another to end a season well. End it well, even though it wasn't a perfect season. Even though a fever caught Riley and caused him to miss out a day of significance for him.
I think of May and the spring fever funk I have found myself in and out of. I think of the closure we need to end this season well. We have family celebration day on the calendar to tie this all together and I can't wait.
August already tries to flash it's lights at me. School begins on my son's 7th birthday. We will have all five in school from preschool through high school and no two of them will have the same schedule. That's right, 5 separate schedules....But all that, is for another day. And those days will end in great celebration as well. Fevers come and go. I plan to enjoy this summer season thoroughly.
Thanks for reading.
*I read 12 books in 2016 and have a goal of 24 for 2017.*
I am keeping a running book list. I have no interest in rating or endorsing these books on here but feel free to ask me about them if you are curious. It's just a list of fact. Fact being I finished the book. I only finish books if I want to, so take from that what you will. Below, I'll also include what I am currently reading with no promise of ever finishing.
Books Read in 2017:
1. Hope Heals by Catherine Wolf
2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
3. Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman
4. In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell
5. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
6. This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warrnick
7. It's Not Fair: Learning to Love the Life You didn't Choose by Melanie Dale
8. Hope Sings: Risk More. Dream Bigger. Fear Less. by Susanna Foth Aughtmon
9. Queen of the Universe: Encouragement for Moms and Their World-Changning Work by Susanna Foth Aughtmon
10. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
11. Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying so Hard by Jennie Allen
Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
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