Summer’s here and I’m getting ready to ‘enjoy the quiet’

It’s official! I’m a parent of two middle school students. Cameron finished up his time at Monticello Intermediate School this week as Jordan prepares to enter the eighth grade next year.

Friday, Cameron celebrated the milestone of crossing over into his middle school years. The school held a special program for them Friday as well. They showed two pictures of each student: one from when they were little and a current photo.

Some parents sent baby pictures. I sent a photo from Cameron’s first day of kindergarten in 2008. He was still only 4-years-old. When he started school, the state required that every student be five by Aug. 15. Cameron’s birthday is Aug. 14 so he made the deadline. Since school began in early August, Cameron was only four years old his first 10 days or so of kindergarten.

It seems like yesterday but I know it’s already been six years. He will turn 11 just before school starts in August.

Jordan’s story is a little different. He did not begin his first official year of kindergarten until he was about to turn six because of their different needs.

That’s how two brothers, who are three years difference in age, ended up with only two grades apart.

So as I sat there watching the Fifth Grade Day video, it hit me: he’s not a baby anymore. The tears started to flow, because of course almost every emotion I have produces tears. But, to see how all those babies on the screen morphed into young adolescents got to me.

Cameron was my baby for nearly seven years before his little brother came along. While I will always consider him as my baby, I have to realize that he’s growing into a young man, and one day in the not-so-distant future, he will be a man. While I realize there’s nothing I can do to change that fact, it doesn’t mean I have to like it one bit.

Friday night Jordan and Cameron went to the middle school’s last dance of the year. It was really weird to drop both of them off for the evening at the same place. I know in the next year I will have more nights like Friday night, and when those nights come to an end, I’ll no longer have two middle school students. Instead, I’ll have a middle school student, a high school student, and a kindergärtner. The 2015-16 school year is going to be very emotional for me. I’ll worry about that when it gets here though.

With the school year behind us, my boys are looking forward to two solid months of relaxation and fun. They leave this weekend to visit grandparents in Alabama.

For the last few years, we’ve allowed them to go visit family during the summer. They go spend time with Jimmy’s parents and my parents for a few weeks each during the summer. It’s the longest they get to see their grandparents at one time throughout the year so, while it’s hard on us to be away from them, I feel like we have to send them so they can spend time with their grandparents.

Even Gavin, 4, has gotten used to being away from us for a few weeks at a time. After about a week, I’m going crazy and I want to go get them. But, I remind myself why I let them go to keep from reclaiming them early.

The boys say they can’t wait to go see their grandparents. To be more specific, the older boys can’t wait to mow the grass on my dad’s lawnmower. I think they use the thing like an ATV. Gavin says he’s going to mow the grass this summer, but I think he’s a little too short.

As we all kick off their summer vacation, Jimmy and I will be dropping the boys off in Alabama, and we will be loving the freedom at first.

But, when he is at work and I get home from working, I’ll look around to find my house is empty and quiet. At first I will love it. By the third week, I will be going nuts. I plan to enjoy the quiet for as long as possible because when they get back, we are going to be busy getting ready for the upcoming school year.

Melissa Cason is a staff writer for the Advance Monticellonian. She can be reached at 367-5325.

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