Wondering what we’ve been up to lately?
Picking blackberries in our front yard at dusk. Going for frozen yogurt at 8:00 p.m. instead of getting ready for bed. Thursday evening Concerts in the Park. Playdates on the playground. Lazy Wednesday mornings, lounging in our pajamas. Trips to the library for more chapter books. Late night popsicles on the porch, trying to watch the stars come out without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. Weekends spent with Oma and Grandpa Paul in Mt. Vernon or with our friends in Vancouver.
Summer is fleeting, and kindergarten is looming right around the corner. I feel like I’m trying to hold on to my daughter’s babyhood, just for a little while, before I send her off in to the big world of elementary school. The world where, I’m certain, she will start to make her own friends and have her own opinions about what she wears and discover, eventually, that hanging out with Mommy every waking minute isn’t as cool as she once thought.
About a month from now, there will be routines that need to be adhered to, instead of tossed out the window in favor of staying up late and grabbing another popsicle from the freezer. I won’t have the option of just picking Zoey up early if I happen to have an afternoon off…she’ll be in school. There are rumors circulating in Pre-K that the coming school year will bring homework, extended periods of sitting still at Circle Time, and ‘math problems’…all very anxiety-producing in the mind of a five year old.
So, for the moment, we’re hanging out. Doing more of what’s fun and less of what we probably ‘should’ be doing. Next week, we have some vacation time: six whole days together. I am taking mental pictures of my child’s face every time I remind her that, soon, we will have nearly a week of being together. Every time I mention it, her face lights up. The prospect of so many days of uninterrupted Mommy time makes her glow. I want to hang on to that.