Sunday, August 22, 2010

first day

Monday is the first day of school. At 8:40, Martin will climb onto bus #13, new backpack and new lunchbox in hand. He'll ride a few blocks to school and greet his classmates and teachers, the same ones from last year. He'll be in the same class with the same routine. We're hopeful for a smooth transition.

School is starting not a day too soon. Because we've been out of town so much of the summer, we had few structures in place for the last three weeks before school started. We've found a few babysitters here and there. We've taken a few trips to the zoo and the pool. But most of the time, we've been trying (and failing) to keep Martin occupied. Our summer experiences, both at home and in Virginia, have left me with a few resolutions for next summer.

1) If our schedules allow it, we will leave town for a significant chuck of the summer. Going to Virginia was hugely positive for Martin. The change of pace, along with relaxed atmosphere, was just right for him.

2) Whenever we're at home, we'll have some structures in place to keep Martin occupied. Whether it's sports camp at the Y or a babysitter willing to take him rollerskating, we won't try to do it all ourselves.

3) More popsicles.

4) We'll ask f0r more help. I think I could have bugged people more. I could have called them up and said that I was dropping Martin off for a few hours (along with a box of ice cream sandwiches, if that would help it go down easier). I have to remember that every time I have asked for help, I have gotten it. I just have to be willing to do it.

In summary, I think what Martin and I need each summer is a country property with a popsicle dispenser and a few tents for our friends. Until that happens, we'll get on bus #13 every morning and hope for the best.

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