We have what I think is the best last day of school tradition I have ever heard of. We eat ice cream for breakfast. Yup, that’s right, ice cream for breakfast on the last day of school. Why not? The kids are all crazy that day anyway. Embrace it!
So here I sit with a freezer full of ice cream, but when is the last day this year??? Is it the day they stopped assigning graded work? Is it the day that we drive up, hand over our technology and books and receive a bag of locker contents and school supplies? Is it the day on the calendar that was supposed to really be the last day? And what about the fact that the kids are sleeping late these days to the point where I really have to question if it can still be considered breakfast! What a wild ride it has been!
And so we will adapt, just like we have been. Just like EVERYONE has been. But through it all one thing has remained a constant; we love our kids. And we only get eighteen summers with them. Let’s embrace this short season that we have with them. We may not be able to go on that epic family vacation, but we can go on a hike together. They may not get to go to summer camp, but we can make s’mores and act silly and have impromptu dance parties in the backyard. We can catch fireflies and spot satellite trains and stare in awe and wonder at the sunset. We can craft and bike and serve our communities. We can make our little corner of the world a better place. And we can breathe and rest and renew so that when the next school year comes along (whatever it may look like) we can face it head on with renewed strength and hope. Grab a spoon! Summer is waiting and the Rocky Road is calling.