The Art of Procrastination - Wrapping Up the School Year
In the fall I wrote this post about my need to get the kids back to school and back into a routine. Well, here is my late spring post about needing to get the heck out of school and dive head first into summer. The last few weeks of school always seem to be packed with projects, choir concerts, presentations, and craziness. I've got to believe I'm not the only one who lives in survival mode for the majority of the month of May each year. Show of hands please?
I'm a crazy planner, so it may come as a surprise to those of you that know me, to find out that I consider myself a professional procrastinator. It is an art, and I don't mean to brag, but I'm sooooooo good at it. Like, really, really good you guys. I don't care if you tell me that something needs to be done months in advance, I promise you, I will complete whatever it is with approximately 12 hours to spare (on a good day). Yes, I'm aware that this is stressful and is an unfavorable way to go about life, but I'm certain that I can't function any other way at this point. I like to say that I work best under pressure. I will have it written on every possible calendar and have a list of all the things I need to do to complete the task, but I will without a doubt be working right up until the final hour. To make life a little more fun, my kids both seem to have inherited this trait from me. To them it is no big deal at 7:00 am to mention that they have to take snacks to school, or to tell me at 7:00 pm that they have a big assignment due the next morning. Every time this happens, we have a big talk about not waiting till the last minute, but deep down I can't even be mad at them. I've been that way my whole life.
Yes, this is us...
Both kids have had some major projects due the last couple weeks. R is in 1st grade and her class was assigned a big animal research project at the beginning of the trimester. I will say that we actually worked on that a little at a time for about two weeks prior to the due date. We did however, still have a giant poster we had to make the night before. She has one more project due next week and then she can sail into summer. J is in 6th grade and also had a big project due last week. Luckily the majority of the research for that had been done during class throughout the trimester, but again we were making a poster and cooking a Brazilian recipe the night before. I'm pretty sure he feels like school should have ended after the presentation of that project because he'd worked so long on it. Not much longer to go and he's done with all the big stuff. So, we had a crazy little dash of projects in the last week, but I will say that both kids totally nailed them.
We have made it through several projects, two presentations, a choir concert, the school carnival and field day. Not to mention that we've been to dance classes and a competition, baseball practice, and soccer practice/games. There are 8.5 days left of school and I'm finally feeling confident that we are going to make it through! Summer will be here before we know it, at which point we'll gradually drive each other crazy until school starts again in the fall.
It is the circle of life folks.