This summer, my two older kids went to sleepaway camp for a few very long weeks. I missed them, of course, but despite several big projects swirling around at home, I was able to devour some of the titles that had been piling up for months on my desk. Some favorites included Sutton by J.R. Moehringer, Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay and Peony by Pearl S. Buck. I also read my friend Melissa Schorr’s sweet teen novel Goy Crazy.
I know many parents who view the end of summer with a sense of relief. Some of them work at jobs with a set schedule and struggle to find ways to transport their kids to activities during the days when school is not in session. Some stay at home and get fed up being a 24-7 activity planner for several months straight.
For me, the beginning of September felt a little more bitter than sweet last week as my three kids zipped up their backpacks and headed back to their three respective schools (pre-, elementary and middle schools). I will miss our relaxing summer days. And although I appreciate the abundant opportunities available to kids in our community, I also find the meticulous schedule juggling and seemingly endless chauffeuring around town to be a serious bummer. At least I can hope to read a few pages while I wait in the car for my daughter to finish her dance lessons!