I’m not ready for summer to end

Posted on August 3rd, 2011

I was just getting used to summer when I realized that it’s nearly over. Suddenly my mailbox is flooded with notices from the school. Pick up this! Pay for that! Practice now! And I face the undeniable reality.

I don’t want school to start.

This has been a wonderful summer (knock on wood). Junior has been with friends, yet around me a lot.  It’s been perfect. Okay, I have been teaching him to drive, but seriously that’s about the only icky thing that’s happened.

I don’t want to go back to the real world. I don’t want to take him for his uniform fittings and practices and buy yearbooks and get his physical taken and his teeth cleaned.

But mostly I don’t want him to be a sophomore in high school.

He’s my only baby. I mean, other than Kirby and No-no Lulu and Harry, of course. But Junior is the only one who still needs me. He needs me to teach him how to make a right turn when there is a police officer behind you and you are scared witless you will make a California Stop.

He needs me to be the judge when his t-shirts could fall into either the “medium or “dark” category for washing. He needs me to explain for the millionth time that he has to wear socks with his shoes or he stinks to high heaven.

He needs me to translate “girl speak.” He needs me to take him to the bank so he can check his balance for the umpteenth time to make sure he’s on track with saving for his first car.  He needs me to warn him that no amount of money saved from his allowance will be enough to purchase a 2011 Camaro.

But pretty soon, he won’t need me.

There are already signs here and there. His new ATM card. The online access to his bank account. The way he stays out late with his friends or goes to see the newest movie with them, instead of me. The way I don’t need to remind him when tennis practice is, he just gets up and is ready to go.

The way he’s pretty much an independent young man already.

Of course, some days he’s a typical teenager, mouthy, obnoxious, and critical of my clothing choices (hello – my sweats match, what more does he want). And on those days I am thankful that he’s growing up, because it saves his life to be honest with you.

But on other days, I don’t want summer to end.

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13 Responses to “I’m not ready for summer to end”

  1. nameless Says:

    awww :) im a sophomore in high school the coming school year too, and my moms just like this.

  2. diane Says:

    ugh! I so get it!! I am not ready to go back to school either … but mostly it’s because I don’t want to crawl out of bed before 8am ;)

  3. Fat in Suburbia Says:

    I so totally relate! My 22 yo college man child will always be my baby. I always get a little sad when he goes back to school.

  4. Laurie Says:

    @nameless, have a great year and remember to hug your mom once in a while :)

    @Diane, me too! I hate mornings. I think high schools should start at 9 and go later. Teens have weird sleep schedules.

    @Fat in suburbia, I don’t even want to think about that. I know if we actually take him to the college, I’ll be the blubbering mom who embarrasses everyone :)

  5. Jennifer Says:

    My son is only 12 and just now going into 7th grade but I already see some of the signs. I was driving home yesterday which is on the way past the elementary school – suddenly it hit me that I will never again see him come out of thier with his backpack after school and I just start to cry. =(

  6. Liz Says:

    Well perfect timing for me. I just returned from dropping off my baby (youngest of three) at her college dorm. I cried, I am still so upset. I walk by her room which by the way is a disaster. I am trying to figure out if I should go in there or just wait till Thanksgiving when she comes home. I get very upset walking by it. I do not know where the 4 years of high school went. Seems like just yesterday she started high school. I can only hope that college goes by just as fast. She will be soccer so I will make road trips. By the way she cried too. She will get homesick I know it. I only I hope I can be strong and not tell her to come home immediately.

  7. Laurie Says:

    @Jennifer – I know exactly how you feel. I drive past Junior’s elementary and middle school and I wonder where the heck the time went. I think it serves as a reminder to enjoy each day – although some days I enjoy more than others now that the teen years have officially hit :)

    @Liz – I can’t even imagine dropping Junior off at college. I wish you all the luck in the world – it would be so hard to stay strong and encourage her to stay in school when all you really want to say is “come home, I miss you.”

    LOL at the room though. Is it a shrine or just too awful to enter?

  8. Nicole Jade Says:

    We want our kids to be independent and then we don’t. We always want to feel needed and hope our kids grow up thinking that “well I guess my Mom wasn’t full of it.” My son is only 3, but I know it will go by so fast. His big thing now is “I can do it.” I’m sure that is only the beginning….

    “5 Things That Bug Me”

  9. Liz Says:

    I can see the carpet. My daughter loves to shop. Plus she is an athlete. Which means there are lacey skirts right next to soccer socks and shorts. They are all clean she loves putting things in the hamper (even when they are clean…wonder if she will be doing that now!!)

    I think I will go in one day with a bag and decide what gets put a way and what goes to good will.

    Well the hard part of all this is empty nest syndrome. I do not think I am ready for that. We have been married for twenty six years and only spent a year and half by our selves. Shall be interesting. Luckly I still like him….for now!!

  10. Laurie Says:

    @Nicole, Sorry you got caught in my nifty new spam filter. I do not like it. It is not notifying me about replies and I am too stupid to know how to modify it. Anyway, yes it does go by fast. I feel like it was yesterday that Junior was 3. I kind of like doing Flashback Fridays because it’s about when he was young and I get to relive it.

    @Liz, LOL on the hamper. Is that a learned skill? Do you think I can teach it to Junior? Because all of his is on the floor. I hear you about the empty nest syndrome. It’s going to be weird having only Harry to nag. Of course, the alternative is that Junior lives here forever…and that is really not going to work :)

  11. Norine Says:

    Laurie, I loved this! I actually feel this way about my 5 year old, who’ll start first grade on Monday. This is a great reminder that childhood really does go fast. And I too just started getting my brain around summer and now have to switch gears for Fall. Sigh. Great post!

  12. Laurie Says:

    @Norine, hey, how are you? It’s good to hear from you. I remember first grade. Junior seemed like such a big kid…and it all went so quickly. Have a great Monday/First day of school. Take lots of photos!

  13. Gys Photography Says:

    Me neither….I love Florida sun…it just brightens up my day.

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