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:~: Wednesday, June 15, 2005 :~:

OMG...It's Summer Vacation

When I was a teacher, I used to live for summer break. Long, lazy days, no responsibilities, nothing to do but bask in the warmth and relish my time away from hormonally crazed teenagers. Every teacher knows without summer vacation, they'd lose that slight grasp on their sanity they're desperately trying to hang on to.

Then I quit teaching. And now, summer vacation is no longer that most treasured time of the year, it's my own personal HELL.

Darling daughter had her last day of school yesterday. Forget the fact she was only in Kindergarten and was only going to school half days anyway. Forget the fact she's six and doesn't know what true boredom is. Five minutes after arriving home from school, she was going out of her mind. "There's nothing to do. I'm bored! What am I going to do all summer long?"

I'm now convinced summer vacation was created by evil-teachers to punish parents who sick their monster children on them nine months out of the year. Every teacher is laughing their ass off right now as they sit on their back porch drinking mai tai's at ten o'clock in the morning, relishing the fact they have two months off from screaming children, demanding parents and that nightmare known as teaching.

But as I sit here trying to write, listening to my six-year-old who doesn't know how to stop talking (UGH, where did she learn that annoying trait?), one small consolation fact is trickling through my mind. Those teachers might have two months of freedom, but come September, I'm going to be laughing all the way to school and back. Because you won't only be getting one of my non-stop talking children, you'll be getting two. And just wait until all three of them are there.

Bwah ha ha ha...

Payback is a bitch. :)


Blogger Joan Swan said...


When telling my DD that I'd ground her if she said the words "I'm bored." got a response of "For how long?" I knew I was on the wrong track.

So, now, she has to pay me a quarter every time she says it. I say we're going to dinner at the end of the summer on her money. DH says we'll be able to go to CANCUN!!

What do you mean having an agent = no contests? So, like, I can stop entering them? I thought she might sell an editor better with the old "My new client is an award-winning author." trick.


1:06 PM  
Blogger Linda Winfree said...

Ah. Summer vacation. Pool, sun, no teenagers. Still drawing a paycheck (okay, it's for days I've already put in . . . but still).

Cure for kid boredom = yard work. Mine are hoeing the garden tomorrow. Books work, too. We hit the library again today.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

Ahem, Linda.

Mine are 6, 3 and 4.5 mo. Yard work will last all of about two seconds. And books? Then I gotta sit and read to them.

But you're saying there's hope down the line???

And Joan...ROFL. Now, I could use a trip to Cancun!

Will have to let us know if the "award winning author" trick works. Hate contests. Detest them...

7:18 PM  
Blogger Paty Jager said...

My kids were always so busy with their 4-H projects, helping with changing pipes and hauling hay, they didn't have time to be bored.
So I'm afraid I'm not much help!

6:16 PM  
Blogger Piper Lee said...

What the hell is summer? And what the hell is a vacation?

With the weather being nothing but clouds and rain so far this year I have forgotten what summer is. Yesterday I took advantage of the break in the deluge of rain and mowed my lawn, stupid me, I forgot to use sunblock so my face will be peeling soon without even having to go get a chemical peel from the doctor.

I loved your "Bwah ha ha ha" btw. Too funny!

I think I should send my two oldest boys to Linda or Paty's house for the summer! It sounds like that's where the action is, it's either that or military school.

Good luck everyone with your kids this summer. I'm thinking of checking into an insane asylum where I can get some good drugs and some peace and quiet compared to my house that now has DH working from home and 5, count em', 5 children at home!

I know Eli, I'll send my kids to your house and they can babysit your kids and you and I can hang out at my house and write in peace and quiet! We should arrange this asap before someone gets hurt. LOL

7:42 PM  

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