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When I was a girl, the mothers in our neighborhood spent the summer looking forward to the first day of the new school year. They were eager for their children to return to school and their days to become their own again. Our mother cried when school was going to start — she loved having us home in the summer, and hated for those lovely lazy days to end.

Today was Olivia’s last day of preschool for the year, and Lily is counting down only ten more days. I am so ready for summer to be here. I will not miss the early morning crawl through the road construction that started the week the school year began, and am really looking forward to lazy mornings cuddling on the couch, watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with the girls.

This last two weeks of school will be jam-packed with activities and special events…rewards for extra achievements at school as well as dance performances for Open House and Lily’s first-ever dance recital. Throw in the wedding of a dear friend, a joint birthday party for the girls, and Lily’s actual birthday, and our schedule begins to resemble a whirlwind.

But the reward at the end of that whirlwind will be sweet: Summer vacation. Summer reading programs at the public library, working together in the garden, playing in the wading pool, staying up late and sleeping in even later. Welcome, summer — we are ready for you!