As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler and the children are scrambling to get school supplies, it can mean only one thing – summer is coming to a close.
It is very strange to come to this realization in the middle of August, but for my kids and those in South Carolina, the start of school means their time in the sun is over.
When I was growing up, we always went back to class after Labor Day and somehow those extra few weeks that passed the unofficial end of summer made it easier to take. Plus, I never made the fashion faux pas of showing up in all white.
There just seems to be something wrong with having tykes wander the halls while it is 98 degrees outside and God forbid if they are trapped in one of those “trailers” that look like penal colony housing.
Now I know one side benefit of going back early is getting out early, but I bet most people would trade a few weeks in May to have the last part of August without homework or structure. I can’t remember too many people saying, “Woo-hoo, it’s beach time!” before Memorial Day, especially if they didn’t want to face arctic-like water anywhere north of Virginia.
By definition, summer vacation seems like you should be off for that season.
If you think it is just the kids who are affected, think again. Unless people have grown up in the near 24-hour light of Scandinavia, it is a monumental task to sound authoritative when saying “School night – it’s time for bed” while the sun is still high in the sky. It is also really hard to wrangle sweaty little ones together for family weeknight dinners as they still have ample daylight to play in after their assignments are finished.
Not having any quiet time with my wife until after 10 p.m. makes me a cranky guy – that is if I’m still awake enough to realize I’m cranky.
This isn’t a call for change. I’m not looking to run things up the flagpole. I’m just looking to let off some steam, and seeing that we still have a month of really hot temperatures, I have a bunch of steam building up.
You can reach Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org to deride classroom trailers.