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Monday, May 21, 2012

Mother Fudgesnappers, It's Summer Vacation Already!?


It's official.  The 2011-2012 school year is over.  All the children look like this:


Most parents on the other hand, look a little more like this:


The cartoon is a pretty accurate portrayal of how I feel in the summers.  I dread the last day of school, and realized today that I freaking HATE summer vacations.  I am not a teacher or other school personnel so I still have to work.  Knowing that fact, however, does not deter my children from wanting to stay up late, sleep even later, and start harassing me about wanting to go and do what the freak ever comes to their minds the second I walk in the door from the boredom of being home all day.  Add to that I think there's a daily tornado that sweeps through my house during the summer months.  I mean really kids...you're sitting here bored out of your mind; the least you could do is clean up your messes before I get home.  I mean, do you like when I turn into Drill Sergeant Mom?
I think my son turns into this pig the moment the door shuts in the morning
Weekends are a whole other beast.  After a boring and uneventful week of no school and too much time in the house, they want to run, run, run.  Me, not so much. I want to relax after a long week, but that's just not gonna happen if the kids are home.  I bet pharmaceutical companies have a dramatic increase in anti-anxiety medications during the summer months.  Parents popping Zanex and Valium like it's candy wishing it wouldn't make them shitty parents to drug their children instead.  Oh...and then there's the grocery bill.

I swear, it's like growing kids can just eat and eat away the paychecks.  Living in such a rural area, there are not a whole lot of activities for them to get into during the days, so they make up for it by eating their boredom away, and I pay dearly for that boredom. 

Thankfully, summer will not last forever, and the day I look forward to all summer will come again...the first day of school.  Hopefully I can make it through the summer without feeling the need to strangle the kids too many times and they will enjoy that glorious first day with all their limbs and teeth.  Only time will tell.

 
And just in case you were wondering if I ever got my mom of the year award...check out what the little tornado gave me for Mother's Day.
Oh yeah!  I knew it was only a matter of time.  Thanks son!


12 comments:

  1. Fortunately I don't have to share your pain as I don't have any children, but it is still frustrating to have to work during the summer. Especially when I have to travel to work on a train with faulty air conditioning.

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    1. Bless your heart. Traveling to work in a sweat-box might just push me over the edge and cause me to join the pill popping masses!

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  2. The best thing about working in a school? The paid holidays.
    The worst thing? That it's full of children!
    Not only that but then you come home to a child who is intent on eating his entire body weight in snacks.

    My cupboards at the moment look like Old Mother Hubbard's, bloody empty...and the holidays haven't even begun over here yet!!!!

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    1. Are you talking about my son again, Lilly? I swear they must be related. Maybe we should reunite them. I'll loan mine to you. Just think of all the great blogging it could inspire.

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  3. This is the first summer vacation that I have not worked, so now there is no where for me to run and hide. Just thinking about the last day of school is giving me an anxiety attack.

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    1. Oh dear lord. You better stock up on Zanex or Valium...and booze. Better yet, stock up on all three! I swear, the best thing I can do for my kids during the summer is to go to work and give them a break from me!

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  4. I don't mind summer vacation here....of course my wife has to deal with the kids not me so that's a benefit.

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    1. Dads rarely do Kevin. Us moms are the ones popping the pills and getting shit faced so we can cope! :-P

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  5. One more week over here. I am SO dreading it! Uugh! if one little midget wanders in and tells me they are "bored" I will refer them to the giant chore chart I'm about to make. They better just leave me effing alone if they know what's good for 'em.

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    1. I think I'm gonna follow your lead and anytime the word bored pops out tornado's mouth, I'm gonna hand him a chore card.

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  6. I am so thankfully I don't have to think about that until June 19th. But then I will be crying. Good luck!

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    1. I wish I had another month to think about summer, but then again my summer will be over before yours, so it's an even trade.

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