Cyber Monday 50% OFF SITE WIDE! Check it out now | Free Shipping + Financing Available!

The Last Monday of Summer

by Tanya Ward Goodman August 30, 2011

By: Tanya Ward Goodman

It is the Monday before school starts.

Night is coming on just a shade faster than it did last week.  The evening is a little bit cooler.  It is September.

My kids have been feeling the transition for weeks.  My boy becomes in turns more violent and sensitive.  My girl’s drama heads toward the operatic.

“What was second grade like for you?” she asks.

Second grade was great for me.  I tell my daughter about Mrs. Netz, the teacher in the Red Room.  She wore pantsuits every day and accessorized with brooches shaped like cats or flowers.  She wore a miniature version of the Old Woman’s Shoe on a chain around her neck and could flip it back to reveal all the children inside.  She encouraged me to write. She loaned me books. She called me a friend.

“How can second grade be as good as first grade?” she asks.

I tell her that it will be different.  But it can still be good.

“Then I will do my best,” she says.  “I will be a good listener.”

My son says, “I hate school.”  He says, “It can’t be worse than last year.”

I keep my fingers crossed that this year will be better.  Stories of my fourth grade teacher (the eraser thrower, the shouter, the angry silent stare) are of no consolation so I keep them to myself.  Instead, I give him Harriet the Spy and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.  I praise him for doing well on the standardized test and together we go over his recommended reading list.

“Hey” he says, “I’ve already read a lot of these books.”

He’s pleased with himself.

He should be and I’m determined to keep it that way.

The post The Last Monday of Summer appeared first on The Next Family.




Tanya Ward Goodman
Tanya Ward Goodman

Author


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Parenting

Modern Fitness For the Modern Parent

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

e13db90f29f21c3e81584d04ee44408be273e7d61cb710479cf7_640_fitness-300x214@2x

Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian

By Laura King

Life can get busy. With work, kids, family commitments, friends, chores, and the general chaos of everyday life, it can be near impossible at times to sit down for a cup of tea, let alone squeeze in an hour of exercise regularly. However, all things are possible if you set your mind to them. Those that prioritize their fitness nearly...

Continue Reading →

Estate Planning: The Basics For LGBT Families

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

With the passage of marriage equality last year, laws have been quickly changing across the United States. LGBT couples with or without children weren’t just given the right of marriage, they were provided new protections and benefits within their families. All of a sudden, LGBT couples and families had to figure out how to file jointly when it came to taxes, how to add...

Continue Reading →

Representation of Modern Families in Kid-Friendly Entertainment

by The Next Family March 24, 2016 1 Comment

SidsFamily

By Alex Temblador

I recently wrote an article for The Next Family called, “Family-Friendly Films That Feature Adoption and Foster Care,” that shared wonderful family films with adoption or foster care story lines. My reasoning behind doing so was because every family deserves a chance to see similar families like theirs represented in various forms of entertainment.

The same can be said of other...

Continue Reading →