Spring Break, Two of the Best Words in the Language

Greetings from sunny and unnaturally warm Chicagoland, where the mercury is expected to hover between 75 and 80 degrees F today.

Ah, springtime! The daffodils are pushing out of the earth, the perennials in my garden are turning green, the deer are eating everything in sight (and leaving land mines behind)… The usual.

Spring Break here this week, which means the children are loosed from the bonds imposed by school. Whether ’tis blessing or curse I’ll leave up to you. In any event, it does equal a different schedule chez Bluestalking, and one that’s definitely more challenging as far as getting extra things done. I’ll be posting a couple of big interviews this week, and more than likely still communicating daily (as is my wont) but if I’m a little more difficult to track down this week that’s why.

I also feel it behooves me to say I’ll be loosening my schedule up more as summer comes. I’ll keep a hand in reviewing and interviewing, but it may not be as frantic a pace as it has been over the winter. Delegating will become more the name of the game, as I pass along more of the wealth that comes my way.

I’d like to read some of my older books this summer, books that are languishing on my shelves, so that may mean a little less of the newer stuff will be popping up here. It’s right and good that summer should be more laid-back, anyway. One needs more time to smell the flowers and sunscreen when the weather turns warmer.

So, most likely no change in frequency will be had (though the necessary vacation will pose a challenge…), but I’ll just be on a hammock while I’m doing it. I know, woe is me, too.

11 thoughts on “Spring Break, Two of the Best Words in the Language

  1. Our Spring break does not hit until next week. It lasts for 2 weeks. (Not that I’ll be off work for all of that.) You?
    When a break is coming up, I always make plans for all the reading I’d like to do when I can read “properly”, and not just snatched bits of train journeys and in that brief time before the light goes out at night. But it always seems that I am busier than ever at these times. And this always surprises me. Strange.

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  2. Maxine, TWO WEEKS?? We get only one here, sad to say. Well, maybe not, considering that’s twice the time the children would be loose from school.
    No, I’m not off work, unfortunately. 😦 I don’t get much vacation time, being part-time to start with, and having only 1.5 years seniority, so I have to save every scrap of it for our planned family trip to who knows where, who knows when.

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  3. Spring breaks have helped me lose my fear of Hell!
    A summer to “recharge your batteries” is something we should all consider. A person cannot go full-steam ahead ALL of the time. It’s a time for hammocks,vodka-lemonades, poetry, light fiction, and getting through some nonfiction. With my students, we ALWAYS did poetry in the spring! I would take them outside and I would read and they would write el fresco!

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  4. Just to be clear, I don’t get 2 weeks off work! But the friday and monday are bank holidays, so you can make a almost week of it by only taking a couple of precious holiday days.
    I think the break systems are different in UK and US — your summer break is a lot longer, I think. Our schools (the state (public) system that is, not the paid lot who get longer holidays) get 2 weeks xmas, 2 weeks easter and 6 weeks summer, plus one week half term breaks each time. (The one-week half term is a modern innovation since my own days at school — yet one more headache for the working parent to square school and work breaks!)

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  5. Golden Seal, Ironic to see what my random quote generator chose for today: “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” But I think mass quantities of children are a perfectly rational fear, personally!
    What I need is a hammock. That would be great for those summer afternoons spent reading and sipping citrus beverages (enhanced with various substances). Yep, that’s sounding mighty good right now.

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  6. Maxine, my children are off from June 6 through sometime around September 6 this year, for summer break. Next year they’ll shift forward to getting out June 12, as the powers that be have decided to push everything a week later for the duration. That’s a pretty decent break, really, and reminds me of the summer breaks I used to have as a child.
    So, my children get one week spring (can’t call it Easter here), two weeks winter (can’t call it Christmas) and now three months summer. We don’t have any sort of term breaks thrown in, but they do get the occasional “school improvement” day (no clue what that is!), so I wonder if we wind up being fairly equivalent for time off? Seems approximately so.

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  7. My kids are off next week, too. And they’ll get the nice long summer, but then the first-born goes to college and I will be sad, sad, sad. We’ll also be broke, broke, broke because we just got her financial aid package: The place she wants to go is not offering near as much as the places she doesn’t want to go and as hub and I are in the indulgent generation of parents (unlike our own), we want her to be happy. Sigh.
    Enjoy the kids while you can, Bluestalking, Maxine, et al. Before you know it, they’re grown and ready to fly the nest. I never thought I’d say this, but the last few years with ours (since husband and I decided to work only part-time) have been the best years of my life. My children turned into really cool, fun people. People I’d like even if they weren’t related to me. This house is copacetic; everyone enjoys everyone else’s company….
    Um, I think I’m rambling — a wine cooler too many on this balmy evening. Just remember: Love your babies! And G’night all.

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  8. Susan, point very well taken. I feel guilty for all the time work takes me away from them, so I try to schedule time to dump it all and just go have fun. As the weather warms I’ll be doing a lot more of that.
    This week I’ve corralled all my work hours into Monday-Wednesday so I can have fun at the end of the week. That way we can get some enjoyment out of spring break, at least, even if it means some long days early in the week. Yesterday I was here open to close, with a couple hour break in the middle. I would say that’s grueling but come on! It’s a library! 😉
    What’s your daughter planning to study? Does she have her path all lined out, or is she waiting to see where her interests lie?
    College will start for my brood in six years. Six short years. Then my oldest will be out of high school and ready for college. I need a bag to breathe into at the thought of it…!

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  9. Alix wants to study genetics, or so she says now. She’s a whiz at math and science and really loves biology (she’s in AP Bio this year and really working). She goes to a very competitive high school and a friend of ours who’s a freshman at LeHigh Univ. (very good science/engineering university) took a look at her physics and calculus homework and declared it’s harder than what he’s doing at college.
    Mainly, hub and I are just glad she finally found a subject she liked. In 9th and 10th grade she skipped school as much as she could and spent long hours in her room playing guitar or painting, then as many nights as she could get away with downtown at rock concerts. She used to declare she wasn’t going to college because she couldn’t see that it had done her Ph.D. parents all that much good (neither of us is working in the fields we studied anymore).
    Then she had a brilliant professor of biology and a light turned on. She got a job, saved money, and paid her own way to a university biotech program last summer. Now she’s cookin’ and all on her own initiative.
    You just wait ’til your kids are 14 or 15, Lisa: That’s when they decide to torture you. If you’re a librarian, at least one of your kids will be sure to tell you how much s/he hates books and reading.
    It’s Darwinian…..

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  10. Susan, wow, your daughter really seems to have things all figured out. I wasn’t like that at that age. I knew I had to study literature in college (I had no interest in anything else), there was no getting around it, but I had zero plans for after that. So I wound up drifting, taking jobs that were boring and unfulfilling, and then I got married young, at 23. The children started arriving at 28, and by then I was ready to stay home with them, with no goals for going back to work.
    I could have used better life planning at your daughter’s age, and I’m determined to help my own children discover a path if I can. Of course, one must do that in a way that doesn’t look like pushing, or they’ll just go the opposite way!
    My daughter’s very musical, including instruments and singing. She’s on the honor roll at school, and does better at math and science than in history and language, the opposite of her mother, and more like her father. My middle child is basically the same academically, and plays the violin in the school orchestra, but has no musical ambitions. Then there’s my youngest, who’s really only interested in playing, but that’s fine. I’m not pushing him to give up toys, that’s for sure! There’ll be time enough for being grown up later.
    I’ll be interested to see where they all wind up. They continue to surprise me all the time, sometimes even in good ways! 😉

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  11. Your kids sound great. I agree they should follow their bliss, but they do have to find it. Alix’s two years of slackerdom killed her grades, though. Despite her high SAT scores, she didn’t get into the program she really wanted — her 3.0 was too, too low for that school and they just wouldn’t consider any other factors.
    I hope her little brother learns from her, but today he’s in big trouble: He managed to write a paper for his social studies class in which he cleverly turned the title and several sentences into anagrams for all the x-rated words and phrases he could think of. The teacher did not notice it, but the fool boy couldn’t help but brag to his friends — and he was brought down. Now we have a big meeting with his “team” of teachers. The social studies teacher called today to set it up. He says Mark is possibly the most intelligent kid in the entire school, but also the most subversive. Just the opposite of toe-the-line Alix who was never subversive, simply tuned out and didn’t GO to school if she didn’t feel like it.
    They all have their charms, all have their fatal flaws. Sometimes they’re the same attribute!

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