This morning I read an old article by Jen Hatmaker and thought, this is so me. I quit doing the school mom thing after testing in April, but in all honesty it is was probably more like I quit in March and then I did a really good job of faking it during testing. Now we’re rolling down to the last few days of school and my brain and body have already gone into summer break mode; however, the teachers are not cooperating with my plan.
In the last week and a half we’ve had a field trip, field day, class party, Wax Museum project with multiple deadlines before the big presentation, and Annual Day. And we’ll finish out this week with Awards Day, Annual Signing Day, and 5th Grade Celebration (Friday night party from 6-8 because HELLO!!! It’s not like we, the parents, have not already been at school enough this week!).
And let’s not forget the study guide and test this week, in addition to a math project that needs a power point presentation. My brain shut down yesterday afternoon when he mentioned “power point”.
3 1/2 days left. We’re so freaking close to the end and they need to do a power point presentation? What kind of fresh Hell is this????
I just looked at him and said, “Yeah bud, that’s not happening. Why don’t you just run along and play your video games.”
And all of this is just for the 5th grader.
I have no idea what my 7th grader is doing. I finally just told him to pass his classes and we’ll start fresh when 8th grade rolls around. I mean seriously. 7th grade is not going to determine if he goes to Harvard or to Pellissippi State, but I’m impressed with all of those parents who still believe that.
Carry on my friends as I watch in awe that you still have the energy and enthusiasm to get things done at this point in the year.
The school should probably give you an award, too. You deserve one. Really. I have no idea how you can get it all done.
Maybe the school can form a Parent’s End of School Year Awards committee next year to give recognition to those who go above and beyond as parents. And this select committee can then send out copious emails with things to do, meetings to attend, and other such garbage that sounds amazing and doable at the beginning of school, but constantly fills my inbox and irritates me at the end of the year.
In the past 2 weeks alone, I’ve had approximately 672 emails from the 3 team teachers giving reminders of what to bring (Sunscreen! Beach Towels!, Extra Drinks! Hats!) and what to leave at home (Fidget Spinners! Regular Lunch Boxes!), what time to arrive and how long we’re expected to stay–– along with new updates on the changes to those times. Flexibility in your schedule is a must! Apologies to those working parents who can’t change their schedule at the last minute.
You know these things just can’t be helped when dealing with 350 kids per grade.
I’m at the end of my rope friends and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I don’t want to read another email. I don’t want any more communication. From anyone. About anything.
Unless it’s life or death.
I just want to be done.
Is that too much to ask at this point in the year???
Stewart Ellington you need to pick up some wine on your way home today. It’s Thursday and it’s time for this mom to chill.