While I don't HATE summer, 'cause I really don't hate anything (except maybe cancer and other death-wielding evils), I honestly do not like it.
"Are you having a relaxing summer?"
"What did you do this summer?"
"Don't you love the hazy, lazy days of summer?"
The same stuff I do every other season, only with trips thrown in, lack of a solid schedule, a TON more juggling, and dirty feet.
Thankfully, right now, my kids are upstairs listening to a book on CD - part of the designated "down time" that as a rule, must be built into everyday. See, thing is, I have a job. And my job is done from home (yes - a nice perk). And while during the school year I have from 9-3 to do that job, during the summer, the workload does not change. The number of people home during the day does. Which affects my ability to get concentrated time. I actually have to work harder in order for things to be easier.
Does that make sense?
Add to that the heat, late nights thanks to the Olympics, and an off-kilter schedule and you've got one irritable mama.
Summer exhausts me.
I really enjoy my children. I actually think they are super cool kids. So before someone remarks, "Cherish the time with your kids!", that's not the point I'm trying to make. I DO cherish the time and have enjoyed taking them on a trip to Washintong D.C. and another coming up next week, and to Karate, the pool, various camps/activities here and there throughout the summer, having their friends over during the day, shuttling them to some fantastic church events - it's all GOOD.
And because I WANT these things for them, we've worked them in to our summer.
But that doesn't change what I must complete during the day so that we can afford for my 11 year old to get braces in January (Yeah!). Someone has to pay for that. And while I do make her save up for many things, I think braces are my responsibility ;-).
So, yeah. I'm tired.
And I need a vacation. During a different season, please.
I'm ready for Fall.
Herein lies my confession.
Summer is my LEAST favorite season. Perhaps for many it is casual, relaxed, and a nice "break" during the year. Over here, we experience the direct opposite.
What is your favorite season?
What is your least favorite season?
Joline Pinto Atkins is an actress who also uses the web as her world-wide stage and can also be found writing at The Cuppa Jo, and is the founder and a contributor at Daily Fast Fuel. Joline is wife to one (phew - that's good to know) and mother of two amazing children, aged 11 and 7, who are both named after authors. Addicted to fitness, she is an Independent Team Beachbody Coach and sweats out any daily angst by exercising and P90X'ing, and longs for good books, vats of coffee, and an endless supply of buffalo wings - which she will not share with you. So, please, do not ask.