School is almost out, so what will summer bring?

I usually welcome a summer without structure, but this isn't any ordinary summer

The last day of school is fast approaching. We wrap it up on May 29 and I am ecstatic.

No more remote learning, or fighting over completing math assignments, or the potential for a murder scene over writing four words on a piece of paper. No more embarrassed feelings when Carter is being (what I perceive as) rude or inattentive to his teachers on Zoom.

But then I think, what will we do without the structure remote learning is giving us now? We have a set routine here and it helps us all stay on track.

Usually during the summer, we let go of some of that routine, but I fear that doing that this year may lead to additional chaos. We are a routine-driven family. It isn’t just because Carter is on the spectrum, it is because it is what works for us.

I am not only worried about not having a routine, I am also anxious about the redundancy of the everyday quarantine life. Summers are meant to be filled with daytime adventures, trips to the beach, explorations and discoveries.

Our backyard and neighborhood bike rides are getting boring. I even went a bit crazy and bought the kids a new playset and my mother is sending us an inflatable waterslide. Our yard is about to look like an amusement park.

Even so, it still seems mundane and repetitive and leaves me longing to be able to hop in the car and fill our free days with fun and excitement.

I am thankful that I have opened us up, ever so slightly, to a small group of quarantined friends and that we have each other to rely on for spontaneous giggles, water balloon fights and warm summer nights. I am living and breathing for the feelings of freedom associated with summer time but I am also anxiously fearing summer, COVID-style.

Lauren Martone is a blogger for ParentingNH from southern New Hampshire. You can contact her at lmart0825@gmail.com. Lauren and her family’s story were featured in the July 2015 issue of ParentingNH and in the July 2018 issue.

Categories: Carter’s Corner

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