The summer has arrived. The weather is warm. The pollen is a sea of yellow on my dash as my Jeep roof is open. The school year is at its conclusion.
Our first grader is about to embark on another break, which historically has been a tidal wave of challenges.
Sawyer needs routine. It’s not wise to challenge that. He does his best waking up, having breakfast, getting dressed, and going to school. Not having that structure tends to be a challenge for him.
Thankfully for him, he will begin his extended school year in a matter of weeks. I will take him to school by myself. I will pick him up with Oscar the pug per his request.
Oscar will cry as we wait in the pick up line until he sees Sawyer. Sawyer will giggle while pointing to Oscar. And Michael Jackson’s Black or White may be his first song request when he sits.
We will discuss a plan the night before about his following day. We will go over his plan in the morning before I drop him off.
Though exhausting at times, this is who he is. He needs to know about what will be happening. It’s as redundant as my kitchen sink piling up with dishes. I hate doing dishes.
The real kicker this summer is the road work going on outside our home. At any given moment, a road route could change. Though this may seem a non issue, try explaining that to Sawyer.
He has his own map. He has his way to get somewhere. He needs to know when work will be complete. He will perseverate on this day after day after day.
So though the excitement is in the air, I need to be realistic with what is to come. He and I are holding on to our seats for another summer.