Just Say No to Back to School Posts

We are going to drag this out until the bittersweet end.

For the past few weeks, I’ve seen a tonne of back to school posts, ranging in everything from lunch container ideas for kids to ones giving up alcohol and chips for adults. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I don’t read any of them, and I’ll tell you why!

I’m lucky enough this year to be able to take August off and spend it at the beach with my children. My guys are still young enough to have some carefree summers, but I know that won’t last forever. So, for now, and hopefully always, I want to make this weekend last as long as possible.

So instead of back to school shopping, we are going to swim in the lake. Instead of me cutting up sandwiches with cookie cutters and writing love notes, we are going to dig in the sand and make sandcastles, instead of me feeling guilty about having a beer, I’m going to have two. We are going to drag this out until the bittersweet end.

We will head home tomorrow and go back to reality. We will be sun kissed, our bellies full of food and our hearts filled with love. We will crank our “Beach Mix” playlist and sing, windows down and wind in our faces, and crawl into our beds sandy and sleepy.

Tuesday morning we will head off to school, a bit sleepy, but luckily my guys get back into the swing of things without much adjustment time. I won’t pack up a fancy container for lunch in a brand-new lunch bag, I’ll send them off with last year’s bag with more of a June lunch than a September one.

Wednesday, we will be back to “normal” and in full fall mode, but I will already be plotting how to be off again next summer. At the end of it all, I’m pretty sure my guys are going to remember that night we swam until dark over that time I spent a mortgage payment on Sistema lunch containers.

Previously published at Junction Mess.




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Tara is a mom of two boys ages 18 and 10, from Toronto, Ontario. With her baby days behind her, she is working her way towards being a Crazy Dog Lady. Tara loves long walks on the beach, naps and potato chips. She has also been known to just sit and stare for hours. Tara hates housework and never has any money. You can find her on Facebook, IG and Twitter as @junctionmess or on her blog, www.junctionmess.com.