Megan Again- Back To School Happy Dance
By Megan Wirts
School starts in less than a week around here!! Do you hear that? It’s the sound of my children groaning and rolling their eyes at while I sing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!” at the top of my lungs!
They might not exactly be ready, but I sure as heck am. I’m already practicing my dance moves and...
... I have my bottle of wine purchased.
Do I wish summer time lasted a few months longer here in Michigan? Sure I do. I love the warm weather and lazy days. I love going to the beach and seeing them filled with joy as they splash through the waves and build giant sandcastles. I love sleeping in and staying up late. I am a certified warm weather, sun worshiping, summer lover.
But I am ready.
I’m ready for the crisp autumn air, the cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice everything and the beautiful colors of the changing leaves. I’m also ready for my children to be away from me for at least 7 hours a day.
Just Ah yes...I hear the silence now.
I know some of you parents are not ready to send your precious little babies back, and that’s great, no judgement here. Some people have more patience than I do. Don’t get me wrong, I love those small people of mine. It’s not that I don’t love spending time with them. I adore them. They are two of my most favorite people on this planet, but I need time away from them in order for me to be a better mother. It’s not me being selfish. Self-care is vital. You know that old saying, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” It is the truth and sometimes I need some space.
Sometimes I need to not have a small person hanging on me or saying “Mom, mom, mom”, every five minutes. Sometimes I don’t want to look for the controller to the PlayStation because I haven’t ever used it and I don’t know where it is. Sometimes I don’t want to make a fifth sandwich because I just put all the stuff away, wiped down the counters, filled the dishwasher and how can you eat so much food you just had a snack 10 minutes ago! No, you can’t have another snack!! I can’t afford all the snacks!
I feel like I have said, “Leave her alone!”, “Do not look at him!”, “Stay out of her space!”, “Get your foot away from hers!”, “Stop breathing near each other!!!!”, over a billion times in the last three months.I’m tired of being the referee between bored siblings. If I have to hear the sounds of the bickering or about how someone is being so annoying, I may lose my ever loving mind! GAHHHH!!!
I cannot wait for soccer games, choir concerts and more after-school activities to keep them occupied. I’m ready for routine. I’m ready for earlier bedtimes.I am ready for a few hours of peace and quiet. I am ready for time to watch whatever trashy television show I want to when I want to. I am ready for coffee dates with my friends, alone, without our kids. I am even ready, dare I say it, for homework and I hate homework. I may regret those words in a few weeks. We shall see.
I love those incredibly smart, funny, kind and generous people that my husband and I created but I need them to go to school. I need to them see their friends and be away from each other and me for a little while. After all, they say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I know this to be true because my son was away at camp for over a week.
When he came home his sister hugged and gushed all over him and they were inseparable for at least 24 hours before one of them decided the other one was breathing too loudly and the bickering that ensued didn’t even make me want to stab myself in the ear.
So, here’s to all the Moms who will be doing happy dances and toasting to freedom with a bottle of wine on the first day of school!
My glass will be raised high and I will be shaking my booty.
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