It can be rough, is what I am saying.
Our church's youth group kicked off the evening of the first day of school, too, proving it is not run by parents. Parent-run organizations don't begin until the second or third week of school; this one is run by young adults. The flip side of that coin is that those leaders have all the energy needed to herd a group of middle schoolers through an hour and a half of Bible learnin' fun, and the adolescents adore them. So we'll take it, even if Adelaide did stagger into the house at 8:30 that night and ask if every day of middle school was going to be this exhausting.
|What I imagine middle school ministry is like. And thanks, giphy, for never letting me down.|
It's not all bad that summer break is over, though. I can finally weed through all the photos on my phone, which include ones of random kids holding circuit boards and bird houses, taken at the library so parents can see what their kids are doing at our programs. I can also try to figure out why I took certain pictures of our own kids and what on earth we were doing. A disturbing percentage of them relate to animal death. Not that our kids are torturing puppies or anything; they just seem to believe that any dead animal they find deserves a proper burial. This includes bird eggs they find on the ground that fail to ever hatch under their poor if good-intentioned tender loving care.
|A bird egg grave marker. These things are stinkers to mow around.|
I can also delete all those hair-cutting photos. Adelaide spent a few weeks over the summer begging me to chop more of her hair off than I felt comfortable doing, but she eventually wore me down. I did first extract two promises, namely that after I had done so she was 1) not allowed to be upset with me, and 2) was not allowed to cry. She refused to promise to withhold her tears, but I said I'd do it anyway. Then, just as I was about to start snip-snip-snipping away, she informs me that she also wants bangs. I mean, bangs! What could go wrong?
*Let's all take a moment to appreciate that this gif both conveys "Yikes," AND is from the Great British Baking Show.*
Anyway, it all somehow ended up fine. Adelaide was pleased with her hair, and I was so relieved that I didn't let my fine hand tremors and lack of overall hair cutting-related knowledge totally botch our daughter's appearance before her first day of middle school. (Yeah, this could have gone really wrong.)
On to the second week of school. We are optimistic but tired.