Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Back to School

All my kids are now in school.

Gone are Child #1's thumping footsteps as he clomps around the house, a guitar slung over a shoulder.

Gone are the tip-tapping of Child #2's texting fingers and the tinkling cell phone bell that signals an incoming message.

Gone are Child #3's wild shrieks as he jumps out from behind doors and chairs to frighten me.

Gone is the lilting musical voice of Child #4 who sings for everything these days from snack requests to tattling on Child #3 to calling for Dorothy the Dog.


I've walked back down the hill to my quiet house. Well, except for the chug-chug of the washing machine. And the clicking of the Kreepy Krawler as it slurps up eucalyptus leaves from the bottom of the pool. And the whistling of the kettle.

I make a second cup of tea, sink into my large comfortable chair, sighing the sigh of mothers everywhere on that first day back to school.

I drag the heavy envelope from Random House across my coffee table and pull out the copy-edits for I So Don't Do Spooky. For a second, I close my eyes and just breathe.

Realizing how very very ready for this I was.

20 comments:

Sam said...

My daughter starts school tomorrow, and my sons won't start until next week, so I have a few more days of thumping and jumping, laughing and tapping on the keyboard. And then there will be silence, except for teh faint whines of August, my dachshund, as he waits anxiously for 'his children' to come back to the house.

Sam said...

PS - your book looks terrific!!! I loved Nancy Drew as a kid as well, my mother loved them too, and bought me the whole series. I wish I'd kept the books.

I have a YA book I'm trying to sell (nothing like a mystery book) so I queried your agent after reading your post. She sounds super.

PJ Hoover said...

Very ready because Yay this is a second book!

pattinase (abbott) said...

I remember that feeling--the kids back in school. Happy writing.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

We started back last week and I wasn't nearly as eloquent as you--I just said, 'Yeehaw!' ;)

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

I thought I heard the echos of "Ahhhhhhh" yesterday. The collective sigh of mothers, indeed ;-)

Laurie said...

Congratulations...on everything!

Beth said...

I remember those days, those sighs...
But wait until they head off to university - you have to be a different kind of "ready" when that happens!

deboradale said...

As a homeschooling mom, a tiny part of me misses the quiet time you describe with your cup of tea. But as a mom of a public schooled child - before I pulled her out - I remember back-to-school as meaning the beginning of a hectic 10 months. Ten months of saying, "Did you finish your homework?" "Don't forget your lunch!" "The bus is hear, hurry!" "You're STILL doing homework?" Overall I don't miss a second of it. Though I know and understand it's not for everyone, I do wish more people had the opportunity to homeschool their children. I love it that much.

~Debbie

Josephine Damian said...

Great details - really paint a picture of the four kids, but FOUR kids? My goodness, bet you were counting the days what with an envelope of copy edits calling to you.

Start of school here was delayed due to TS Fay. Bet lots of moms here were frustrated over that.

beckylevine said...

Aaaaah...enjoy. :)

laughingwolf said...

grats on all levels, barrie....

brian_ohio said...

Very sweet, Barrie

doggybloggy said...

yup its back to school yesterday for us

Alyson said...

What a great post! I know how you feel. Well, except I still have a 3 year old at home, but the first 3 kids are gone and I feel a bit more relaxed.

Don Mills Diva said...

This is a nice change of pace from all the posts about being so sad to see the kids off - enjoy your quiet time!

Patti said...

what i would exchange for those sounds again. my one, my only, is all growed up.

Clare2e said...

Because I live half a block from the nearest elementary school, for me this time of year means the return of noise! Carpools filling the nearby streets, kids tromping and shuffling with leashed pooches clinking alongside, backpacks dragging and hasty drink boxes splatting on the sidewalk, siblings in strollers with squeaking wheels or toddling with loudly protested handholds. The symphony of September.

Despite the local charms, I do envy your lovely, quiet envelope and all it portends. Happy editing!

Vivian said...

My kids started school today. Enjoy the time to yourself and good luck with your revisions!

Laura said...

I can imagine your sigh of relief with the silence... I am hoping to get there soon!

Today DJ starts Senior Kindergarten and tomorrow Ander starts Junior Kindergarten...they will be gone every morning...it will be just Madie and I...what will we do?!?!?!?!? I am soooo looking forward to our new routine - is that bad?!?!?!?!?

Enjoy adjusting to your new routine!