Summer holidays are the best times of one’s school life, aren’t they? They were even nicer when we were kids. Really, most of the time was just spent in idling, playing about, visiting cousins and grandparents and just having loads of fun. Now, since many women are professionally working, we don’t have the luxury of either taking long holidays or entertaining relatives for longer durations, sad as that is. Hence, every year summer vacations have added to my anxiety as I work from home and my routine is turned upside down. But, we have our own brand of fun building our own fun routines and activities.
Now that the kids are grown up, I don’t have to run after them for their every need. As a matter of fact, they are a huge help to me when it comes to household chores, looking after Coco or giving me company except their huge squabbling. Also, my cooking responsibilities go through the roof as kids are home and they have so many requests for their mum. Today, as I was packing their tiffin boxes for school, I realized that there was a teeny bit of regret that holidays were over especially since the younger son was feeling slightly sad.
The students in his section has been shuffled and he has lost most of his good friends. That would make anyone dull. Being an introvert, he takes longer to open up and make friends, and when he does, they are really close. I did understand what he was going through and tried to cheer him up. I know he would do good eventually, but these are life situations that one has to face oneself and triumph over.
While he is still quite mischievous, I am seeing a more mature side to him now that he is almost on the doorstep of teenage. I do see his turbulent side too at times. Sometimes, I have to pinch myself when I see them. When did they grow up? As a work-from-home mum, I welcome my own schedule going back to sanity. I mean, I can again work in peace and be okay with having leftovers for lunch. You know how some things in life are bittersweet, we welcome them and yet there is a little twinge of grief as you realize that the years are ticking by so quickly.
One good thing was that we reinstated satellite TV membership over the holidays. None of us really watched much TV so come June I have disabled it. Older son already started his new session in May and has been going about his business very methodically. He is almost an adult and sometimes when he is with his younger brother, I see the naughty child within him come to the fore. Else, he is a good-natured, confident young man who is responsible and focused.
As parents, we are truly blessed to watch kids grow up from tiny tots to these amazing thinking individuals who are so much their own people. I do hope that they can continue to have fun while learning. Because truly these are the best years of their lives.
Sigh! Back to normal life again. And, here’s to another fruitful school year.
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