Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Summer's Almost Gone

Judging from the number of pictures on Facebook of children heading back to school, the summer's just about over. I sort of assumed that when my last child graduated I'd be through with all that. Wrong! Then came the grandchildren. And, for at least some of my readers, the great-grandchildren. We never really get through caring about them, do we? And it's kind of a bittersweet moment as we watch each of them grow into their own individual.

On a somewhat connected subject, are you old enough to remember when the last day of school was Memorial Day or thereabouts, with resumption right after Labor Day? The story I've always heard, at least here in Texas, is that during the summer time out of school children were expected to work in the fields, so school would be out during the season of growing and harvesting. Since the season for cotton begins in July and extends until fall, that makes sense. Of course, nowadays it's almost unheard of to see children (or adults) in the field doing what we have machinery to do.

Now school starts up in mid-August, and although we theoretically say "good-bye" to summer with the Labor Day weekend, in actuality our children, grandchildren, and the "little kid next door" will have been back in school for a couple of weeks already. Summer seems to be getting shorter each year, doesn't it?

How about you. Does the resumption of school bring back memories? Are you ready for school to resume, or would you like to keep the kids at home for a while longer? Let me hear.

4 comments:

Priscilla Bettis said...

I don't have any youngsters at home anymore, so I'm kinda out of the loop. Last week when I took the dog for a walk, the neighbor kid was sitting on the front stoop. She was waiting for the school bus on the first day of school. It was a shocker for sure, school already?!

I assume the kids think summer is too short. I wonder what teachers think.

Richard Mabry said...

As I've said, I thought I was out of the loop as well, but here came grandkids. Guess we never stop being a parent.

Patricia Bradley said...

I'd like to know who stole summer! I can't believe it's almost September. And btw, our schools started August 1. The students will get out 3 weeks in October and another 3 weeks in March.

Richard Mabry said...

This Am I realized that we're less than 2 weeks from Labor Day. Indeed, where did the summer go?