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Silence. The Kids Are Back in School.

Is it really the most wonderful time of the year?

Staples would have you believe "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" but I have mixed feelings.  After all of the together time of summer, most of it wonderful and some of it leaving me wishing for school to start, the silence in our home is deafening.  

The girls are gone, one to her freshman year at and the other to 7th grade at , leaving just me and our dog, Trudy, home.  I can't tell which of us is missing them more.

Each passing summer brings me closer to the day when both girls are off on their own, and I'm not ready to let them go.

Don't get me wrong—in a few days this malaise will pass and I'll be relishing my time alone, looking forward to hearing about their day at school when they get home.  But right now I'm a little, okay, more than a little, sad that our summer together is over.  

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Karen Brewer August 27, 2012 at 07:14 PM
it all goes by sooo fast.Susan just saw the girls the other day and I cant believe how big they are....dont feel too bad..i just had one get married...talk about on their own
Karen stamoulis August 28, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Beautifully written Susan! I have been feeling the same way!
Andrea Cragin August 29, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I couldn't agree with you more Susan! Third day of school and I still feel sad after they leave for the bus each morning. I think the start of the school year is so hard because it serves as a very meaningful passage of time. They are all one grade older and one year closer to moving on to college and beyond....

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