Well, today, I am experiencing the inverse of the Huxtable back-to-school party paradigm.

Some may not feel like it is the appropriate thing for a devoted mom to say, but I have to tell the truth.  I am at least as excited as my children are that we are finishing up this school year.

Why?  Because I am, like so many of the wonderful, committed, involved, loving, devoted, exhausted moms I know, more than ready for a break.  A break from what you ask?

  • Carpool drop off
  • Carpool pick up
  • Did you finish your homework?
  • Which project are you working on?
  • When is that band or strings competition?
  • On what day(s) or field trip(s) did I volunteer again?
  • Who was supposed to bring the snacks?
  • What time is that soccer, baseball, basketball, lacrosse game again?
  • Did we schedule all our parent-teacher conferences?
  • Whose turn is it to___________ (you fill in the blank)?

And the list goes on.  It is all for a wonderful cause, but does require some considerable effort.

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Now by August/September, I will surely be excited and ready to cheer my boys on to another fun-filled, action-packed, learning experience housed in the form of their next grade level.  By then, I will once again be totally enthusiastic and ready to re-engage and help them to soar to new heights. And my husband and I may, indeed, be doing the Huxtable back-to-school dance at that time.

But for now, I am taking a moment to rejoice and reflect and simply say:

  • Thank you, God for seeing my children through another academic year.
  • Thank you God for making us equal to the task as parents, teachers and motivators one more time.
  • Thank you God for making up the difference when I couldn’t.
  • Thank you God for seeing us through nine months of tests, sports, social activities, new and old friendships and general child and mommy development.
  • In short, thank you Lord that we made it – again!

Yes, summer is on the way with all its own joys, challenges and triumphs.  But for now, I take a moment to simply honor and celebrate the year that has just gone by and is coming to a close!

And for those of you who have a little more time to go, I celebrate with you in advance.  Hold on, you’re almost there!

And when you get there, you can join in with me and all the other moms around the world in saying, “Woo-hoo!  We did it!  We survived and thrived in another school year!”

Now go ahead and do your dance!

Frances Cudjoe Waters is an Associate Pastor in the United Methodist Church, Founder and CTO (Chief Transformation Officer) of BTransformed Media Ministry and an Educational Consultant. She resides happily in Dallas, TX with her wonderful husband of 16 years and their three amazing sons.

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