Most parents have a countdown to school going on, either on the calendar or in their head. I have one too, but not for the same reasons. My countdown is to prepare myself.
I am a stay at home mom, and the fact that my kids are going to be gone all day, 5 days a week is sad for me. I love having them with me. Sure, they drive me crazy lots of the time, and sometimes I wonder if I should go back to work, but for the most part, I love it.
I accept the fact that my boys are loud and dirty. I accept the fact that they are little boys that find bodily functions hilarious* (and yes, I even laugh when they aim their "fart machines" ..aka bums, at each other) I embrace the noise and the dirt, and understand that one day it's not going to be loud or dirty. The time will come when they aren't here to make the noise, or mess up my house. I am quite sure, that when that day finally comes, I am going to miss all the chaos.
So while there are many parents counting down to when the kids are FINALLY back at school, that is not me. I am counting down, only to prepare myself that the day is coming when they are both going to be out of the house.
I am counting down, to prepare myself for the tears that I know will come, and to give myself time to accept the fact that they are growing up.
I am one of those moms that looks forward to the last day of school every year and cannot wait to start the countdown to Christmas break! So while my countdown is on, a new one will start on the first day of school so that I know how much time until they are out for Christmas....and then another will start for march break, and then again for end of school.
*while they do find these things funny, they are also very polite and don't act this way in front of others and will excuse themselves if it does occur**