I am sitting at the pool watching Regan and Nolan swim. I suddenly realize that summer is coming to an end. I have three more days, before school officially begins. Regan will be starting her 5th grade year, and Nolan(my baby) will be starting kindergarten.
I am not ready for any of this. I have had the best summer,with my children. We have spent endless hours together enjoying the simple things that the season has to offer. I have watched them grow closer and develop a special bond with one another that only comes by spending time together, getting to know each other.
I have stood by their door and listened to them, enjoying the conversations that they have had and the belly laughter that escapes their lips, hours after they were supposed to be asleep. I have even on occasion snuck back in, and watched as they quickly closed their eyes and pretend to be asleep, and when I turn to leave ,I pretend not too hear the giggles that they are not able to contain, believing they have pulled one over on me.
I have observed them using their imagination for hours with simple house hold items, creating artwork, forts, boats, and experiments. These days have been so wonderful to me. I am blessed to be able to spend so much time with my children. It is a blessing that they are able to be children. I love that they feel such freedom in expressing themselves, and are able to be who they are. This summer has been a time of wonder, adventure, and innocence.
As I prepare for this next school year, I find myself already dreading, the end of our summer.
We need to change our schedule: we need to start eating dinner before 7pm, we need to start going back to bed before 11pm, and waking before 12pm; but one thing I am certain that will never change, is their need for one another. I hope that this summer is one they will reflect back on one day, and never forget the memories that they created together,but more importantly that they never take their bond as brother and sister for granted.
Summer is over, the school year will begin, and it will bring many new memories, lots of new adventures, create numerous experiences, and bring more opportunites for us. I am sad that summer is over, but I am excited about this next season in our lives.