May 15 2017
Busy-ness/Family/Happiness

The End of the School Year Breakdowns Begin Again

A post I wrote almost exactly one year ago that rings just as true now as it did then…  Right down to the school note sitting on my desk about the $15 that is due for the “Spring Carnival” and my stress over getting everything done for my son to get his Bear Badge.

May will be the month I lose it.

The wrapping up of the school year amounts to a violent fit of stuff that needs to happen and be paid for.   School shows (not free!), teacher gifts (I’ve put money into something called hip chip so many times I have no idea what I have donated to), the end of year picnic (I volunteered to bring forks).  I even scored a pregnant teacher this year, which resulted in each kid being asked to give the gift of “their favorite baby book.” Can’t we do hip chip?!

Cub Scouts is wrapping up and we need to pay for the upcoming camping trip (money well spent) and worry that we have not taken enough time to help our son do all the stuff in his Cub Scouts book.  So if he is not presented with an exciting badge at the last meeting, the fail is on us.  The Cub Scouts, I’m learning, are, like, way NOT into the whole trophy for showing up thing.

Busy-ness alarms blaring all over the place.

There were two first communions in the past two weeks (one of them our son’s, which meant going broke hosting our large family).  And every single family member of mine who wasn’t receiving first communion was celebrating their birthday.  WTF, mom?  Never was there a woman with more precise execution in regard to pregnancy planning.  She knew what her optimal time of year for giving birth was.  And it was May.

But truthfully, I know my angst is really about the thing I dread most – my inevitable inability to hold it together at the end of the school year, as I ponder (more than usual) the deeply poignant process of my children growing up.

I walked past my son’s school today on my way home from an errand and watched him playing, carefree, with his friends in the school yard.  I closed my eyes and took a mental snap shot.  It filled me with happiness and contentment to think of the beauty of life and the innocence of childhood.  That’s the feeling I’ll take through the day.  Even as I sign up to volunteer for the end of year carnival.  Which naturally costs $15 per ticket.

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  • Hahaha! You poor thing! Just try to stay positive as a little more moolah than usual flutters from your pocketbook. This is what being frugal is all about, after all. Making the moments that count. 🙂

  • Hang in there. We are in this mode too, just wrote out prom checks for my son and daughter this morning. It’s the beginning of the end. 🙁

  • What a crazy May! June will be better, Linda! Hang in there.

    I love how you savored the moment of watching your son play in the schoolyard. 🙂 My daughter “graduates” from 8th grade in 2 weeks and will leave the school (and teacher) we’ve all loved for so many years. I’ll be hiding in the back with my sunglasses and hat, ready to escape before anyone sees me break into ugly sobs.

    • Oh Amanda, that was me last year when my two beautiful twin nieces graduated from 8th grade – and they weren’t even mine! These moments of change are so bittersweet, to use the most obvious word ever. I always can’t wait for the long goodbye of the school year to be done. Next year is new and exciting and wonderful – just gotta get through that emotional book end…

  • I ran across a picture of Little Bit at the beginning of the school year the other day. Over the year, her face has gotten narrower, her front teeth have grown in, and she’s decided to reject all things pink and princessy in favor of jeans and geeky tshirts. My baby no longer looks or acts very babyish, and the change over the last 10 months is ridiculous.

    Hang in there, Linda. Summer will be here soon.

    1. Emily @ JohnJaneDoe 10:55am 19 May - 2017 - Reply

      I ran across a picture of Little Bit at the beginning of the school year the other day. Over the year, her face has gotten narrower, her front teeth have grown in, and she’s decided to reject all things pink and princessy in favor of jeans and geeky tshirts. My baby no longer looks or acts very babyish, and the change over the last 10 months is ridiculous.

      Hang in there, Linda. Summer will be here soon.

    2. Mystery Money Man 12:30am 17 May - 2017 - Reply

      What is it about the month May, it’s always an expensive one for us as well. I love the image you painted, of watching your son on the playground. I so relate to that emotion.

    3. Amanda @ centsiblyrich 06:08pm 16 May - 2017 - Reply

      What a crazy May! June will be better, Linda! Hang in there.

      I love how you savored the moment of watching your son play in the schoolyard. 🙂 My daughter “graduates” from 8th grade in 2 weeks and will leave the school (and teacher) we’ve all loved for so many years. I’ll be hiding in the back with my sunglasses and hat, ready to escape before anyone sees me break into ugly sobs.

      • Brooklyn Bread 04:26pm 17 May - 2017 - Reply

        Oh Amanda, that was me last year when my two beautiful twin nieces graduated from 8th grade – and they weren’t even mine! These moments of change are so bittersweet, to use the most obvious word ever. I always can’t wait for the long goodbye of the school year to be done. Next year is new and exciting and wonderful – just gotta get through that emotional book end…

    4. Brian 12:09pm 16 May - 2017 - Reply

      Hang in there. We are in this mode too, just wrote out prom checks for my son and daughter this morning. It’s the beginning of the end. 🙁

    5. Mrs. Picky Pincher 09:05am 16 May - 2017 - Reply

      Hahaha! You poor thing! Just try to stay positive as a little more moolah than usual flutters from your pocketbook. This is what being frugal is all about, after all. Making the moments that count. 🙂

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