Wow! It’s been nearly a month since this mommy mentioned anything here.
I attribute it to what I have coined “The Mayhem of May.”
Every year without fail since my daughter has been involved in dance and school — and my son joined the school days — May becomes filled with dance rehearsals, shows and recitals, dance classes until recital weekend and school choral concerts, trips and fundraisers. Top that all off with the May workload at the newspaper. For me, this means a bevy of special sections, among them the annual Readers’ Choice Awards, a senior citizen edition, a supplement dedicated to pets (new this year, “All about Pets”) and — the granddaddy of them all — the annual high school graduation section.
Oh, yes. Add an extra nightshift or two per week. Mom then need to plan ahead for the kiddos’ care. It’s been an adventure, and somehow the family has remained sane.
I wasn’t alone in the mayhem. A few dance and show choir moms expressed the month’s busy-ness. It seemed as though we’d go from dance mom to choir mom and, in one mom’s case, a baseball mom after the show choir competition (our daughters’ group took first place show choir and overall middle school choir trophy for the second consecutive year. Yay!).
Now that dance season has concluded with the annual dance recital and a tap dance showcase, the school year’s finale comes next. Time to think ahead to summer.
An early taste of the season arrives this weekend with a three-day hiatus for the wee ones thanks to the solemn observance of Memorial Day. While celebrating summer’s anticipation, remember those who died to keep this country free, be it a moment of silence, attending a service or parade or visiting loved ones’ graves. Make sure children realize the holiday’s importance. I know I do.
Enjoy the long weekend. Celebrate and observe safely. Don’t drink and drive or text and drive. Both can wait. Reach destinations safely. Remember, parents, your children are depending on you.