It's the last week of school for Lake Washington School District, and at my house, you can certainly feel the excitement in the air. Parents, try not to have a panic attack (and keep the wine on the ready). Every day my kids come home telling me they had a carnival or are signing yearbooks or going on a picnic or watching a movie. They are officially CHECKED OUT. And so am I. But I was pretty excited to notice a little side benefit of this week. It appears that my house has been cleaned- yet it has not! It's just the fact that my kids' text books are gone from the counter and the reams of paper that clutter my kitchen island and dining table have been recycled. Backpacks are back to being an acceptable weight and nestle neatly into mudroom cubbies where before they did not fit.
I thought it would be fun to pepper my kids with some questions about the end of the school-year. This not only serves the purpose of my entertainment, it was also a way to let their anxious smiles unfold into the open. These would likely be way funnier if we asked little kids instead of snarky teenagers, but here goes:
Are you glad it's the last week of school? Why/why not?
B-Yes, there won't be as much stress
R-Yes b/c I can be free. But I will miss my teachers and algebra (<---this can't be my child??)
S- Yes & No. No homework/freetime/good weather, but I won't get to see my teachers.
What is top on your list to accomplish this summer?
B- Get stronger.
R-Be prepared for high school and make $1000 so I can buy a car. And I want to walk big dogs.
S-Run every day and be more active (um...hello, you do 7.5 hours of gymnastics a week??!)
What is the worst memory from middle school this year?
B-I got in trouble for fast-walking. I wasn't even running. (I'll betcha $10 he was running)
R-Nothing. I've been a good kid.
S-I ate at the cafeteria! And one time I got in trouble for putting a tissue in the wrong trash can.
When is the awesome weather coming?
R-never? ugh. July 16 is my guess
S- this weekend
Do you have any advice for teachers for next year?
B- Be kind.
R-When someone asks a question, answer it. Don't repeat it or re-phrase it or get mad.
S-Please at least pretend you like your job (snarky, told ya..)
What time will you wake up this summer and what's the first thing you plan to do?
B-10:30 or 11. Beach with my friends.
R-9:30. Sleep in or waterski (these two things do not happen on the same day, obviously)
S-8:30 and I have no idea.
Here's to a safe and happy summer!