Without fail, someone is forever forgetting to put our sidewalk chalk away. Sometimes it gets rained on, and sometimes it simply gets misplaced under a tree, only to surface later when the leaves need raking. It’s hard to use after all that time in the elements, but it also seems like a waste to throw it away – particularly when, as the parents of two young kids, we know that would just mean going out to buy more.
First thing in the morning, that first day of school, I was smug. We had needed supplies and required clothes. I'd made lunches and an easy-to-reheat breakfast casserole the night before. Everyone got up on time and was reasonably cheerful, and everyone was dropped off on time, early even.
Now that school is back in full swing for most families, the lazy summer schedule is starting to feel like a dream. Of course, many families don't have a relaxed summer schedule either, especially if the parents work full time and have young kids who need transporting to camps or daycare, but if you were able to slow down this summer, the sudden uptick of things to do and places to be can feel stressful.