Thoughts on Not Back to School
Today is the first day of school for most of our non-homeschooled friends. This is the first ‘back to school’ since LittleBoyBlue was 5 that we’re not a part of. I thought it was really nice the my Loverly Husband always took off the kids’ first day of school. It was a big event for them, and I really appreciated that my kids had a dad who thought of things like that.
Truthfully, I didn’t give much thought to how I would feel about today, but now that it’s here and I am ‘in’ it, I have this odd feeling that we’re missing out. Oh, I know that we’re not; not really. But we always made the First Day of School such a ‘thing’ – almost like a holiday event – that I am finding it quite strange not to be a part of it this year.
We’re celebrating today with our homeschool group by hitting a local park. One thing I can say about our city is that they have a fairly decent parks system. They’re fairly well-maintained and we enjoy spending time there. So does everyone else. There are days during the summer that are just ridiculously crowded, so we either avoid it entirely or have to plan on going at less popular times, which are often inconvenient to us. Now that school’s back in, we should have a shot at a nice, deserted park.
I’m up early this morning – aside from the nagging feeling of something amiss, I am really looking forward to today’s event. Since this is our first ‘Not Back to School Day’, it’s a tradition-starting thing, and I really enjoy that. I am about to go make a big thermos of coffee (even though it’s hot outside, playdate is early this morning, so I am hoping that will go over well) and pack the cooler with lunch. We’ve also got to stop by the grocery to pick up snacks to take to the park – we’re having a brunch-potluck type thing. I’m picking up juice and donuts and possibly kolaches if I can find some.
I’m sure once our day gets started, I’ll feel better. I’m reasonably certain that what I’m feeling is the lack of excitement and hubub that would have surrounded today – not the actual ‘not going to school’ part. I think once we get going, I’ll feel differently. The kids aren’t even up yet, so I’m going to relax a bit before we have to get dressed and go.
On the menu at This Adventure Life for this week: I’m celebrating 100 posts, lesson planning for M6 and I have a tutorial for making your own homeschool crest almost done, so you’ll want to check back for that!