I feel like the grinch right now. My kids are in their last week of school and it’s party, party, party. Really? My sixth grader has been watching movies in almost every class, as text books were turned in last week. Really? One teacher is “still fighting it” (as the Professor puts it) and is continuing to teach the kids. He’s going to get a nice gift from me. The elementary school kids are still learning, but man, I am burnt out between pizza parties and hot dog parties and luau’s. How much celebrating is needed? And the last day is shortened to end at noon. REALLY????? These are my tax dollars hard at work?
Here comes the rest of my rant, but when I was a kid (and I’m only 41) the party was held on the last day of school. Period. Luckily, as I learned today, high school is business as usual, and the students are cramming for the finals during the last week of school. FINALLY!
Now don’t get me wrong. I can honestly say that my kids have the best teachers in the school. Primo teachers. They have pushed my kids to do their best and they are totally awesome and I adore them. I’m thrilled my kids will be in their class again NEXT year, too.
But, I’m tired of all these parties and celebrations and hearing that many classes are showing movies after movies for the last days of school. Doesn’t make any sense to me. My husband calls me boring and no fun. I’m just a hard worker. A damn fine hard worker, I might add.
Yes, perhaps I work too hard, but I hear so many kids today whining and expecting everything to be handed to them. I find myself giving my kids reality checks, because they are getting spoiled from every direction. Instant gratification is everywhere: tv, music, telephone, text.
BAM! Have a question? Get the answer in a jiffy. Just google it.
Want a new song? BAM! Download it from iTunes and play it immediately.
Kids can watch the entire season of their favorite cartoons and television shows. Thank you, Netflix.
Talk to your cousin in China? Sure! Let’s Skype!
As my kids get older, they expect more and more of these things. It will be an interesting summer, as I have determined that we will get back to the basics. Arts. Crafts. Beach. Pool. Fun. Sun. Friends.
All of us (myself included) will unplug and unwind this summer. Because that is what summer is all about. And then BAM! School will start again in August.
What does this have to do with my Bok Choy Pesto?
I didn’t want to talk about food today. This pesto is delish. I mixed it with cilantro, olive oil, sesame oil and black sesame seeds. You can find the full recipe here.
Thank you, Frieda’s Produce for the beautiful bok choy!
Happy summer, ya’ll and party on!