End-of-the-School-Year Fatigue

The winner of the soccer camp giveaway is Judy R!

I’m beginning to think that there’s a particular little season that runs from about mid-May through the first week of June.  It’s when both of my girls feel like they’re ready to be done with just about everything that they do. Their art class, which they loved  from September to April, is greeted with profound indifference. In J’s dance class, the teacher resorts to bribing the kids with special days–today it was bubble gum.

In a week or so, the festivities will set in. A dance recital, a piano recital, the 3rd grade play, classroom parties. But for now, they’re still expected to learn, and frankly? Their brains are full. This morning J took what amounted to a mental health sick morning at home. In the afternoon, M was sobbing over her homework. Homework which was strikingly similar to stuff she’s been doing all year long. They’re toast. It was a long day.

And Cute W is out of town. I’d originally pondered treating ourselves to dinner out somewhere, but after all of the drama, I opted for grilled cheese sandwiches at home. Then I felt guilty about such a grease-a-licious meal and attempted to ply them with carrots as an appetizer. They packed in a dozen baby carrots each and still managed to eat more dinner than I expected. Unfortunately for everyone’s health, I make an excellent grilled cheese.

So, is it only at my house that we experience a horrible little end-of-the-school-year before the end-of-the-school-year limbo? I guess we’ll just have to be patient.

One bright spot today (literally): in the middle of a conversation, J suddenly froze, gestured for me to hush, and gazed out the window with rapt attention. “What is it?” I asked, “Is it a bird? A butterfly?”  “Sssshhhh,” she whispered. “You’ll scare the sun away.”

Oh, my gosh! I just realized that this weather has turned J into the girl from that Ray Bradbury story All Summer in a Day!

Speaking of summer, if you’ve been thinking that I’m a little lax because I haven’t started doing my Free Summer Events Previews, you’re absolutely right. I’m getting on that soon.


  1. Michelle

    I don’t mind waiting on the free stuff for summer list, but I *am* anxiously awaiting the announcement as to who won the soccer camp giveaway! 😉

  2. Michelle

    Also: seriously love J’s hushed worry that you might scare the sun away. That should totally make your list of Cute Things To Remember When You Are Considering Selling Your Kids On Ebay (or am I the only one who does that?)

  3. Sorry, Michelle. I posted and realized that I forgot to add the contest winner, and then updated–you must have been online and reading fast! It was Judy (it’s at the top of the post now).

  4. Stephanie

    I have a similar list to Michelle’s, though subtly different: Cute Things to Include in the E-bay Listing When Selling Your Kids.

    And yeah, my kids are definitely in the same zone as yours, Katie. Come on, summer…

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