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Peach State says: 4 More Days

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Gone are the days of consistency in schedules. Gone are the days doing homework at the kitchen table and the endless questions from a 5th Grader fishing for the easy solution. It is the last week of school in our county and the anticipation, mixed with fevered chaos, has spread from the youngest to the oldest of students. Countdowns are on every calendar…4 More Days!

Last week, while working with my teacher friend in her classroom, I was witness to the changing of the numbers. A school staff member walked into a lively cafeteria and stood in front of the over-sized countdown on the wall. Taking down the old number…10… and replacing it with the first single digit…9 day left. The whispers began to change quickly as he stepped away revealing the remaining days of school. The children’s excitement grew as the staff in the cafeteria began trying to quiet the to-be-expected emotion.

My neighbor is a teacher and I enjoy the countdown conversations we have…he is as excited as the kids are at the end of school…but the tiny black storm cloud of impending doom will soon hang over his head as he, and every other teacher, start the Back To School countdown.

Anyway…I received an email from my youngest’s teacher yesterday about his behavior. “This is a daily occurrence and is often filled with bad choices and conduct reports!” She tried to be a positive as she could be…This is the email:

As expected…he had a rough morning but was quick to tell everyone he had not had his medicine. By the afternoon he began to level out in his behavior. This will be a hard week for him with the anxious chaos filling the school. He will be re-taking the Math Test on Wednesday! “I love this next statement!” 4 More Days!

I am not sure if she is counting down till Summer or days until my son is gone. Let us hope that it anticipation of Summer!

For those of you who may not be avid followers of my blog…my son is a unique spirit that chooses to bounce like a Tigger instead of controlling himself. He gets frustrated very easily and his anger will explode into shouting matches and desk throwing. “The throwing of desks happened in third grade…and all parties involved had never seen a child act this way in school.” Having this young boy in our home for the past 4 almost 5 years has been like a test…with no Study Guide available.

With 4 More Days till Summer my husband and I have started considering some-type of vacation during the summer. “This is the first time, in almost 4 years, that we could entertain the thought of leaving the house.” So with my husband working and his desire to not sit at home doing nothing we will make some plans. It will be a new experience for us with 2 of our sons working full time and our oldest living across the state. We opened the floor for suggestions…”Hey Bud…where would you like to go this Summer?”

Here is the list:
Snow Boarding
Skiing
Canoeing
White Water Rafting
Rock Climbing
Sky Diving
Scuba Diving and
Lego Land

My husband and I looked at each other and asked him why he chose these activities. He responded very quickly with…”I thought I should have my own Bucket List.” There was no mention of Six Flags or Disney and Universal Studios…no desire to visit any amusement type park…We were blown away!

So I sit here writing as the house is quietly beginning it’s day. The school buses hum through the neighborhood and deliver the huddled masses yearning to be free! My husband has left for his short day leading up to his day off tomorrow. One son is off today and will fill his time with yard work…”I hate weeds!” I am waiting to hear from my teacher friend to see if she needs help today…4More Days! Sleeping in…relaxed schedules…

If it sounds to good to be true…It Is! Vacation Bible School planning and decorating next week leading up to a week of deliberate chaos. So for now I will hold closely the activity coming on the horizon…a family trip to the movies…Men In Black 3…and cherish the thought that I may actually get to my beloved Beach House this summer. Well…a beach trip is being planned!

What will fill your days of summer? Will you find time with family and friends…days at the beach and amusement parks? Let me know…I may need some more suggestions to replace the sky diving! Till then..4 More Days!. Have a great day!

Peach State

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Peach State says: Soap Box Topics

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I have reached the “End of the Rope” and I am slipping! The knot has come undone and the rope is beginning to loosen. It is time to get a few things off my chest! So I will take the chance right now and step up onto my Soap Box and share…“Soap Box Topics!”

Late e-mails from teacher
The bells and whistles sound every night! E-mails from my youngest’s teachers reach my inbox between 10:00-12:00 midnight. I am sorry I can not follow through with my son as he is in bed.

Pocket Collections
I know what little boys are made of and the treasures they store in their pockets…I just need a garbage truck available for my youngest.

School Parking
The parking lot is so small…Come on! Can we not think first when planning the parking lot. This school has three schools that feed into it. Each of them have parking lots the size of a standard shopping center.

$$$Money$$$
Okay…to be fair…it is the lack of money. Not only does the $$$Money$$$ I have not buy what it bought a year ago but now the monthly installment has been decreased. Grocery prices and fuel prices continue to rise and the money coming in gets cut. “What’s a mom to do?” Arrrrgh!

Picky Eaters
I have been fortunate, until now, to be able to put a meal in the table and have no leftovers. If there were leftovers they were frozen and used later that week. When did Dinner Dictator move in and when can he move out?

Dinning Room Laundry Mat
Why must every article of clothing owned by my son sit in my Dinning Room? Wash and dry…take to your room and fold and put away. Worked before…will work now!

Empty Nester Tease
Quit acting like you are not living here! I plan for 5 for dinner…you don’t eat here! I plan for three for dinner…What can I eat?

Puppy Dog Eyes
I am sick and tired of the Puppy Dog Eyes that fill my 11year old’s face when he doesn’t get what others get. Your behavior is not consistent and your chores are done by others in the house…”Usually Mom!” What is this “I deserve it all” mentality? My husband and I never had to deal with this issue with our older three boys.

Pick A Box
As parents we know that each of our 4 children are unique. They have their own proverbial box they think outside of. Our youngest just keeps switching boxes and if one cannot be found in the house he will bring one home that we have never seen….much less experienced!

Wedding Invitations
Why is it that I receive a beautiful Wedding Invitation complete with directions and hotel information from friends yet…four days before a family members wedding get a phone call and no formal invitation? “Sadly…the grandparents of the bride received a similar phone call invitation!”
Better not say anything else!

Broken Toes
Just had to vent…I fell last week and thought I just jammed my big toe…Nope!
Long story short…I just moved my foot knocking my toe and the pain…
Well as daddy always said…”If you are going to make a mistake…make it a good one!”
I really need to wear more flat shoes!

Grocery Prices
I know it fell under the $$$Money$$$ topic but it really deserved to be mentioned again….”Right!” I might as well throw Gas Prices into the mix too!

Hubby Economics
He has always felt there should be plenty of money left over to play with after buying the groceries and filling up the car. I guess he forgot about the Orthodontist and the field trips and school supplies….picking up his dry cleaning and the last minute snack requests for his office. Hmmm!

I am getting a headache thinking about all these (Sarcastically picturing floating flowers and hearts to ease my reality!) normal, life altering, tedious situations. I know I am not alone and that many are suffering with devastating burdens thrust upon them daily. Please note as you read the above Soap Box Topics that I tried to keep them light and that I have left room for contemplation. The bigger picture is filled with disrespect, decaying families and economic downward spirals…”I’m just sayin’!”. Have a great day and thank you for stopping by and letting me rant! Time to ice my toe!

Peach State