I have always loved the last day of school. As a kid, myself, this meant freedom from homework, project deadlines, carpools, waking up early, the beginning of my favorite season and the anticipation of going to the beach. Fast forward years later and I’m a mom. I still LOVE the last day of school, but for different reasons of course. Now the last day of school means that I don’t have to pack lunches, hound kids to do their homework, nag them to take showers in time to get in bed early enough, wake up early enough to catch the bus (or more recently drive them to school), pick up after school, worry about who needs what for whatever function is going on….you get the picture. I have always loved the feeling that anything is possible during those short and sweet summer months. It means vacation planning, day trips, visits with friends, fruit picking, late night bonfires, catching fireflies without a care in the world, crabbing with my dad, peach cake making – all the things that I love most in life. And the last day of school means that all of those happenings are in the near future. Nothing makes my heart happier than thinking about it!
This year, The Last Day of School bears so much more weight than any other year. Next year there will be no early morning photo shoot up at the top of Blair Court bus stop, no lunches to pack, no back to school night, no Prospect Mill Elementary friends to run into asking, “How was your summer?” And that’s a little sad. And scary. No teachers to tell me what to expect for the year – because, now, I am the teacher, as we will be homeschooling for the first time ever.
We have come to grow so comfortable with our children’s education and have been extremely happy with what they have received. My middle school-er and 4th grader have both been identified as ‘Gifted and Talented’ and have been receiving services based on their individual needs. And I recently learned that my second grader has been identified as well. What an awesome challenge I have ahead of me!!
This year The Last Day of School means that I am to take their education by the reigns and choose where we want to take it. I know I have so much to learn and I cannot wait to delve into this challenge! My ultimate goal is to help the children develop a love for learning that makes them never want to stop seeking out knowledge. I don’t think that will be hard, given the destinations we are planning on visiting. There is so much out there to explore!
I hope that for the kids, This Last Day of School fills their hearts with an anticipation that this next year of their lives will be one that they never forget. That they know that their parents love them so much that we simply cannot bear to continue to do the same old thing that we’ve all done forever. That they look back at the time we have spent at PMES and Southampton Middle School in Bel Air and hold the friendships they have made close to their hearts, continuing to deepen and grow them after we leave.
Please pray for us on this Last Day of School as we embark on our new education journey. Also wishing all of our readers a great Last Day of School for whatever it means for each of you! Please share with us your thoughts on this day!