If you're a mom ready to say goodbye to the school year, then you will recognize yourself in this one.
A tired mom's goodbye to the school year
So very tired.
I'm tired of this school year.
I want it over.
I'm tired of waking the kids up from a deep sleep with that frantic furry of mobilizing their weary bodies out the door.
I'm tired of checking the forecast and telling them it is NOT a shorts day.
I'm tired of fixing them breakfast and packing them lunch, all before I see the sun peek over the trees.
I'm tired of telling them to get to bed, because they have school tomorrow.
I'm tired of the Friday highs and the Sunday sighs.
I'm tired of pulling up to a dreadfully long line of cars at the school.
I'm tired of the drop-offs and pick-ups and drop offs and pick-ups and then doing it all again at the end of the day.
I'm tired, so very tired, of people that STILL don't know how to drop-off and pick-up their kid quickly.
I'm tired of swearing under my breath at the people who don't know how to do the drop-offs and pick-ups quickly.
I'm tired of stressing about being late to school for those drop-offs and pick-ups.
I'm tired of reading signs like “Flower Sale!” and “Field Day Sign Up!” And “Don't Forget…”
I'm tired of getting emails from the school, reminders from the school, and updates from the school.
I'm tired of take home papers to read and sign.
I'm tired of all the end of the year events, activities, parties, and performances.
I'm tired of cramming all the end of the year events into our already over-scheduled calendar.
I'm tired of smiling.
I'm tired of waving and smiling.
I'm tired of waving, smiling, and waiting for kids weighted down with backpacks to cross the street.
I'm tired of driving 20 MPH.
I'm tired of my kids' after school starvation and the desperate cries for food.
I'm tired of frantically scavenging any meager meal to feed my kids the SECOND we get home.
I'm tired of wearing fleece leggings in May. (I am aware this has nothing to do with school. Just had to note this ridiculousness.)
I'm tired of wearing pajamas in the car and hiding my tired puffy eyes behind my sunglasses even when it rains.
I'm tired of saying, “Did you get your homework done?”
I'm tired of papers, binders, and notebooks strewn all over the house.
I'm tired of looking for a sharpened pencil, a highlighter, or a lost book.
I'm tired of coming up with packed lunch ideas.
I'm tired of feeling like I'm failing at packed lunch ideas.
I'm tired of processed food, fast food, and rushing.
I'm tired of ice cream after every special event.
I'm tired of thinking about the year ending and my kids being that much older.
I'm tired of brainstorming and tormenting over teacher gifts.
But the one thing I'm NOT tired of?
Being grateful for my kids' school and the teachers who work hard every day to give my kids the education they deserve.
I'm sure they're tired too.
Christine Carter is a SAHM mom to two pretty amazing kids. She's been writing over at TheMomCafe.com for six years, where she hopes to encourage women through humor, inspiration and faith. You can also connect with Christine through Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.