Summer’s fleeting, time to adjust

It’s mid-August and while I’m glad I no longer have children in school, there is a part of me that misses the craziness of back-to-school happenings this time of the year.

I looked forward to getting back into a structured schedule after having feral children for most of the summer. Their typical schedule was: sleep in, eat, play, nap, eat, watch too much T.V. and then sleep. Repeat. Baths were argued against if they had been swimming and sometimes I would give in and agree.

I loved it when school ended so we didn’t have a schedule, homework, projects and the whole getting ready shuffle in the mornings. 

Three months later though I was welcoming the thought of not having to worry if there were enough snacks at the house and hearing complaints of nothing fun to do. My children were smart to never say they were bored. That remark would be met with a list of things they could do if they were indeed too bored.

The other thing about this time of year that I miss is that we would still have time to plan one more trip or outing before school started.

I’ll even admit that I enjoyed the whole buying new clothes for school and getting school supplies. What was I thinking? I don’t know how parents afford it these days.

Luckily there are several groups that have been assisting our children in the county to make sure they all have school supplies with various Stuff the Bus campaigns and other ways to donate items needed and not readily affordable to many students in our county.

The way I see it, while I won’t be sharpening pencils, or buying new notebooks or paper, I hope you parents out there have an easy time adjusting your summer schedule to school mode.

And teachers, I hope the kiddos are gentle on you as well!

SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.


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