For my family, tonight is officially the last night of summer.
Tomorrow, my daughter starts her last year of lower school (I can’t believe next year she’ll have to wear a blazer and be a middle grader!!) and my son heads to Tuscaloosa for another year at Bama. I am so sad that tonight we can’t continue our ritual of staying up late to watch movie marathons, or reading, or just listening to my son play his guitar and sing. The nights of staying up till 2:00 a.m. are over for a while, and they will be missed. Seems the past few months have been so busy that it was often only in the still hours of the night that the family managed to come together and bond. And we had a blast doing it. Never mind the fact I left the two younger ones in their beds each morning, where they would crash until noon while I reported to work dutifully by 7:30 each day (okay – I confess, I did drag in 10-15 minutes late sometimes!).
But this is also a time for excitement as they begin another year of school. My daughter had a rough go of it last year. But she was finally diagnosed with a vision problem when the school year was almost over and now she is doing much better with corrective lenses. I am excited to think how much easier this year should be for her now that she has glasses which will help her focus better on what is written on the page in front of her. Instead of feeling “stupid” as she did last year (her word, not mine!), I hope she feels like the sky is the limit as she soaks up all that knowledge!
My son will start his second year of college and hopefully secure a spot in an internship program that he’s been eyeing. But let’s be honest, he has to get past college football season first! He is thrilled that he managed to procure tickets to all the home games. Roll Tide Roll!
As for me, it’s time to evaluate how the year has progressed and decide where I want to be by the time New Year’s Eve rolls around. The diet I started at the beginning of the year has gone no where (totally NOT the diet’s fault…the blame is all mine! LOL). Maybe I’ll start a new one. My pal told me about one called The Caveman Diet. I am curious and need to google it. Never heard of it before, but with a name like that, it’s gotta be intense, right? I’m also still at the deadend job where I’ve been for more than a decade. I seriously need to decide if I’m going to keep trying to weather the storm there or jump ship and go elsewhere. (as my dad would say, either piss or get off the pot!) As for the writing career, I am loving every minute of it, but have yet to pen my own work that becomes the next 50 Shades of Grey or The Marriage Bargain. So I’m still dreaming, and still writing. But also still forced to work a full-time job in the Corporate world in order to pay the bills!
Sounds like the future is full of possibilities, and it will be fun to see where it takes us. For those of you who may be heading off to college yourselves, good luck to you! Make the most of the coming year. For the rest of us who are watching our little ones load up the backpack, I hope they enjoy school and have fun learning. For the rest of you, make the most of every day and always look to what lies ahead! Aim high, but know when to set your sights on a new target too.
Here’s to the future! And come next Memorial Day, you better believe me and my two precious kids will be sitting up till 2:00 a.m., watching movies. Bring it on!
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