Have you seen the great and accurate commentary on what it is like to be a Mom at the end of the school year? If not check two of my favorites…this blog post last year from Jen Hatmaker is pretty spot on. Also this year Buzzfeed got into the mix and compared beginning of the year to the end of the school year.
I admit it, this is me. For example my daughter missed participating in an after school soccer program because it filled up that day after the flyer went home. Me? I was on a work trip for the week and then it sat on the dining room table as I went through the pile of school stuff much later. 100% my fault, she missed out and I feel guilty about it. Thankfully for the record the kids blame Dad “you shouldn’t have to fill out all the forms Mom!” (I swear I didn’t even bribe them with candy on that one!)
My lowest point has been when the office staff has had to remind me for the last 2 months when my children’s school lunch account balance was almost at zero. I even wrote the amount I needed to add on the lunch calendar on the fridge…I just failed to add money. I am sure the sweet office staffer was left wondering…
However let’s talk about the other side of the coin….school. I own up to my own sloth like trudge to the end of the year but let me highlight my last week with school. I have been asking for the 2014-2015 calendar for two months. Why? I work full time outside the home and scheduling summer camp and allocating precious vacation days is tricky at best. Now we are a little more than 30 days days from the start of summer and my plan isn’t full baked. During my calendar inquiry (again) this Monday I found out that the School Board meeting was to take place Wednesday. The meeting that is sure to discuss what’s happening with 5th grade (its a charter school and complicated but they may no longer have 5th grade). My son is set to enter 5th at this school this Fall. Finding out Monday that a meeting is Wednesday does not work for any Mom and most certainly not for this Mom.
Wednesday’s afternoon email from the school announced the Patriotic concert at 1:30pm one week and one day from the date of the email. Groan. Did school just spontaneously decide to throw a concert together? Since my daughter has been singing patriotic songs in the car for awhile now I doubt it. Unfortunately not telling parents ahead of time leaves me juggling to rearrange a meeting that I may not be able to move. Of course my daughter is begging me to be there and all’s I can think is anymore notice would have helped this Mom struggle across the school year finish line!!!
I suggest to school that we are in this last month together. So in the spirit of teamwork let’s bind ourselves together like the three legged race that’s sure to occur on field day and limp across the finish line hand and hand!!!