The End Is Not The Goal

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I don't know what it is about this time of year, but it always has me more in a contemplative mood. We have 2 weeks more left on the clock of this school year, and while part of me longs for the break, the other part wants to finish in a way that's meaningful. This year I took a different approach to getting through the year. In years' past we have always rushed to the finish line, packing in extra work just to get a few extra weeks of summer. Silly me. This year I purposefully chose more breaks for me and the boys in favor of more trips and time together during the school year. Here we are later into the spring, and I'm ok with that.


For any of you limping across the finish line, take a deep breath with me. There's no need to cram in extra lessons, check off one more box, fit in just one more math lesson to get to the end sooner. Take it from me, a former end goal recover-er. You'll get there I promise. You may as well enjoy each of these final school days. I promise that there are plenty of lazy days of summer to come. But, there are only a few more days left of kindergarten, 3rd, 5th, 8th, or maybe 12th grade, only a few more days left of sitting alongside your kids at this very stage.

Don't worry, there will be plenty of time to clean the house, make appointments, or to catch up with that friend you haven't seen in a while. We moms know that the to-do list is never really all checked off anyway right? Each time I've rushed to the finish line that list was just as long as it ever was. When my kids were little, a friend passed along that well known poem about quieting down cobwebs and housework left undone, so that you could have just a little more time to rock that baby because of course "babies don't keep." It's no different with toothless first graders, and growing tweenagers, and teens that are even taller than you are. They don't keep either do they? 

For some of you, this is your last year of homeschool. Maybe you're graduating your last student, or maybe you have decided that public or private school is the option that will work better for your family next year or maybe forever. (Hugs.) Being a mom is a long series of goodbyes don't ya think? These are very precious days indeed.

 So, just remember (with me) that the end really isn't the goal. The goal is to soak in each of these remaining days in whichever way you choose to spend them fully. I'm cheering myself on just as much as I am you. Maybe we can slow down enough together to enjoy our stroll to the end.

4 comments:

  1. Love this! My kids are taking their "summer break" now. We don't take off all summer, and we don't follow the school year calendar. But it is a nice reminder to treasure the small moments.

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    1. Megan - We tried to do Sabbath school this year by working for 6 weeks and taking a week off (for the most part.) It was more breaks than we usually take, and it ended up taking us a little further into the spring. If we lived in a more temperate climate I would more likely be the school year round type. As it is in the Midwest, we have to treasure the sunny days when they come :)

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  2. Thanks for putting your thoughts into words. We're heading toward the finish line with about a month left of school and this is exactly what I needed to read today! I just want to let you know how helpful and encouraging your blog has been to me for many years now. Thank you for putting forth the effort to share with your fellow homeschooling moms!

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    1. Sharon - Thank you so much for your sweet words. It's wonderful to know someone out there is encouraged by our little blog. I hope you have the best end of school ever! We can do this!

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