Hey, September. Hey.
So, listen. We’ve had a good run, you and I. Remember when I was wooed by your warm days and cooler, much-more-comfortable-for-sleeping nights? That was nice. For so long – dazzled by your changing colours, your wardrobe possibilities – I happily succumbed to your charms.
When you come around, it is back to school time. How wonderful for the boys to greet a new school year, with new opportunities for growth and learning. Plus, they get to spend time with their friends after the summer.
I remember being excited to try new lunch ideas for my kids’ school lunches – pinning ideas to Pinterest boards and thinking how the boys would appreciate a tasty, healthy lunch. I imagined them opening their lunch bags and being so happy to discover what was there.
It will be easy to do some cleaning and organizing while they are at school, I thought. Plus, I started a writing challenge – I was going to write and post every day during the month – so I would get back to focusing on writing and growing the ol’ mom blog.
A creative and organizational boon for me, right?
But it was all a lie, September.
And so now, feeling jaded and duped, I must tell you the truth:
I’m over you.
It’s still hot as Hades. I have to wear a sweater in the morning, but by lunchtime I am rushing to tear off my clothes in a manner that may suggest spontaneous combustion to passersby.
Speaking of lunches… Making school lunches gets old fast. New lunch ideas? Bravo finally will eat sandwiches, so I am embracing that classic at least a couple of times a week. I’m sure they are SO EXCITED to open their lunch kits.
“Back to school” costs approximately one million dollars. (Per child.) Binders and the special notebooks, the colour-coded duotangs, backpacks, new shoes – and of course – brand new wardrobe because my kids have grown 6 inches since June.
They can’t wear their new clothes, though, because they are susceptible to the same spontaneous combustion issue by lunchtime, too. So now our drawers and closets are full to bursting with two seasons worth of clothes – which really helps with that whole organization thing. Oh, wait… no. No, it doesn’t.
The dreaded back to school cold struck three says into school. We just get over that, and now we have a stomach virus to contend with. There is not enough hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes for you in the world, September. Make. It. Stop.
As for this blog? That hasn’t worked out as I planned, either. Every day posting has become difficult. Partially because of technical issues. Windows 10 wants to update every day, takes forever and then crashes my computer. (I know, first world problem.) But when you only have so much time to devote to creative pursuits, it is really hard when technology lets you down. Get it together, Windows. (Related: Microsoft probably hates you too, September.)
So, considering your sickness, your hits on my wallet, your creative punches in the gut –
I’m done. It was fun while it lasted.
You can keep your apple baked goods, your pumpkin spiced lattés, and your simmering squash soup. It’s all a diversion. You might have some people fooled, but not me. You stink, September.
Let’s just bring summer back now, OK?