Every year, 26,000 babies are stillborn in America. In 2003, one of them was my son.

Friday, June 4, 2010

School's (Almost) Out for the Summer

With less than a week of school left for my 3rd grader, I thought I'd turn to the lighter side of life and list a few summer goals for my family. (A girl's gotta have a dream.)

This summer, I hope to convince my children of the following:

1. It only takes 5 steps to move from the left of the kitchen sink, where you normally place your dirty dishes, to directly in front of the dishwasher, where you can place them directly in said receptacle, freeing your mother up from an extra 15 seconds of work 36,322 times per day.

2. Bickering with your sibling may commence at 7:59 a.m., but not a moment before.

3. While the ice cream truck may pass by our house twice each day, you're not getting a treat any more than once a month. If you're lucky.

4. Foods with high fructose corn syrup, that are overly processed, or colored any kind of unnatural shade (I'm talkin' to you, Cheetos) are not a healthy part of anyone's diet.

5. TV is a privilege, not a right.

My personal summer goals:

1. Lose 10 lbs. (This has been a goal for the last, oh, 40 years of my life.)

2. Beat the overgrowth in my yard into submission, once and for all. (This has been in progress for 5 years.)

3. Maintain (some might say find) my sanity.

4. Organize the piles of papers, books and child artwork littering my house. Perhaps even unionize those dust bunnies.

5. Win the lottery. (But since you have to play to win, and the only time I've bought a lottery ticket was actually when my grandmother-in-law purchased one for me....well, you know.)

Anyone care to share summer goals, real or imagined?

3 comments:

Catherine W said...

Oh yes, with you on the lose 10lbs. Back on the agenda now after a couple of years off. Sigh.

Maintain (or find) sanity also.

Read something that isn't a psychological thriller or a book that could be classified as chick lit. Nothing against either of those genres but I've read so many that surely I'm done.

Trying to persuade MYSELF that food with high fructose corn syrup, overly processed or colored unnatural shades aren't yummy but, actually, extremely bad for me. Mmmm. . .Cheetos. Drools slightly.

Oh and also that TV is a privilege, not a right.

Seem to have equal amounts in common with you and your kids!

gorillabuns said...

i want to win the lottery and keep my girls from killing each other.

i know, a tall order but one can dream right?

Virginia said...

Yes, I'd like to keep my kids from murdering each other, or me from murdering them as they proceed to torment the life out of each other.

Catherine...Cheetos. Oh, man. I love them too much.