There’s something about the end of the school year and the start of summer that signals a simultaneous end, beginning and “Wow, how things have changed!” whirlwind reaction. Any of you who are parents know the tremendous impact a year has on the personalities, abilities and looks of a child. And even pieces of an adult’s life can be drastically different once 365 days have passed.
Take Maddie for example…this time last year I had settled on my decision to send her to a 3 day a week preschool (instead of twice a week) but was struggling to get her potty trained. I worried how she’d handle food, snacks and birthday treats at school. I was ecstatic to hear her speech therapy progress was so positive that – after 9 months of twice a week therapy – we could move down to once a week visits. I worried she’d be bored out of her mind without Big Sis Kate around all the time.
Kate‘s summer transition was from preschool to Kindergarten. And not just Kindergarten, but FULL DAY Kindy. I dreaded enduring the adjustment by her body from daily naps to no nap. Then right before orientation, I learned that Kate’s specific elementary school did in fact nap all Kindy students the entire year. I still remember watching her walk the halls during that first week, the tiniest kid in the place. Then right as she turned 6, she donated her ponytail to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and instantly matured 15 years.
I started running 3 times a week at the beginning of June 2011. I’m proud to say I’m still doing so, feeling a bit impressed with myself that I’ve stuck with it. I’ve made the transition from a blogger to a professional social media consultant, helping small businesses to use social, strengthen their online brand and grow their web presences. I’ve gone local with my social media efforts, presented at a few conferences, emcee’d a conference and just received a really cool profile in a Memphis paper.
Then from now until the start of the new school year at the beginning of August, Kate will have completed her first art camp, Maddie will have turned 4, Jack will have turned 11 and Tessa B will have turned 1.
So while the end of school seems so defining for so many reasons, the start of a new school year comes so quickly and with a whole new chapter of the book being written.
How have things changed in your life and the lives of your kids in the past year? Do you feel like summer time is a time of transition?