The official last day of school is finally here. And it’s about time, since only one little week of June remains.
My daughter’s dreaded junior year is behind her now. As she used to say as a baby after finishing a meal in her high chair, “All done, Mama. All done.” Our family breathes a collective sigh of relief.
She’d expected the year to be tough, and in this respect it did not disappoint. It included challenging AP courses such as Chemistry and BC Calculus. It required discerning ever so subtle differences in rhetorical devices in AP Lang. There were decisions to be faced: which comprehensive exams, SAT or ACT? And if SAT, which version: old or new? And which subject tests? Then there was the actual taking of the tests, one of which had to be rescheduled because it occurred during our winter blizzard. On the lighter, but still stressful side, there were drama performances, including One Acts, Putnam the main stage musical, and various class productions.
There were college visits to be worried over, planned and accomplished and then worried over some more. We devoted spring break to touring the icy gray campuses of various northeastern schools from Rhode Island to Vermont. From this trip we drew one conclusion: we were very cold.
There was fun to be had, as well, with good friends, many of whom our daughter has known since elementary school and before. Another Homecoming, another Sadie Hawkins Dance, another Prom, with all the prefatory to-do those events entail. Those of you who are parents of high schoolers know that the actual dance takes a back seat to the lead-up of pictures, dinner and more pictures, and the follow-up of the after party. There was our daughter’s greater freedom resulting from a driver’s license and an available vehicle. (She has a car to drive, but, as my husband emphasizes, it is NOT her car.)
And now the summer is upon us, as is the pressure to enjoy it fully, yet use it wisely. That’s a tall order.
What will we do today? We’re not sure. The day is half over.
Looks like we’re already behind in the game.