This is the last week of school for my kids before summer vacation, God help us all.
I haven't traditionally done all that well with summer vacation as a stay-at-home parent. When my kids were wee tiny tots, summer vacation meant that all of our favorite hangouts were suddenly overrun with
Now that they're teenagers, summer mostly means that my kitchen is never, ever clean. EVER. See also: my living room, the den, the dining room, every bathroom in the house. I do get plenty of "me" time, however, because they generally don't roll out of bed until well after noon. And I'm able to run all of my errands kid-free regardless of the time of day, because going out in public with your mother is a fate worse than death, apparently (unless she's buying you something, in which case it would be swell if she could just pony up the cash and make herself scarce).
I've been afflicted with a particular malaise the past several summers. The first summer it really hit me hard was one in which my maternal grandmother was terminally ill, and I assumed it was due to the impending loss (and, if I'm being honest, the consequent cross-country travel -- I believe I've mentioned that I don't travel well). But the following summer it hit me again. And the summer after that. And now I've just come to accept it -- I am not a summer person. I've learned there is such a thing as reverse seasonal affective disorder, where folks living in warm climates get all morose during the summer, so let's just assume I have that, okay?
Because I'm sure it has nothing to do with the messy house, or the surly teenagers, or the fact that every summer brings me closer to the one in which they will move out of my house, and then I will be looking at long years of clean kitchens and bathrooms and no one to decline my offers of an afternoon at IKEA or the mall. No need to leave a note on the kitchen counter to let them know I've just popped out to the farmer's market or the dentist, to tell them that there's orange juice in the fridge and tortilla chips in the pantry, to remind them about that orthodontist appointment later in the afternoon.
Yep. I'm sure all that has nothing to do with it. Must be that other thing.