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Summer is officially over for my kids this year as they returned to school last week. We now only have two kids in public school; my son, a sophomore and my daughter, a seventh grader.

This summer seems to have flown by, more so this year than in any other. Of course, this summer was also the most unusual summer we’ve ever had.I’m praying my kids have a great year, that it will be better than last year.

I’m also praying I don’t wind up stuffing a pair of my son’s stinky socks in my daughter’s mouth and duck taping her to the wall.

I’m not kidding.

She started the EXCLAMATION POINT (as my husband calls it) last month for the first time. She’s not been her normal sweet self. She thinks her big brother, Tyler, jinxed her, because right after he told her that “it is going to be funny when you start your period, Faith. You will probably freak out, and you know your life will be over right? It’s all down hill after that”  it happens.

Siblings.

Maybe he did jinx her.

Late that night, she slowly walks out of the bathroom in the hotel, with a wide eyed look and says, “Mom…I think I started my period.”

“What?!”

Sure enough.  It called for a late night trip to Wal-Mart, during which, I made a tearful call to my mom because my baby is growing up. I was really hoping I’d have at least another year before this happened.

The next day, she wanted to go swimming as it was her last day in Florida.

“Oh my God, I have to put that WHERE?! Tyler was right, my life is OVER!”

She decided to forgo the swimming. Here begins the life of a teenage drama queen.

But I digress….I pray my sweet children (Noooo, they are NOT really pod persons from the planet Mars!) have a wonderful year at school, that they become leaders (for GOOD) and not followers. Please be good, children. Please.

12 Responses to “Summer Is Over And So Is Life After Puberty”

  • DelSheree says:

    Too funny! I remember those times all too well and I am not looking forward to them with my own daughter! Good luck with this next year :)

  • Pepper Tan says:

    Oh, I’m so not looking forward to the day my daughter starts to have her period. But yes, I think i may tear up too.

  • Regina says:

    I was just talking about kids and puberty with one of my friends. Kids grow up to fast. It’s the parents who have to keep up with all the change-change-change and prepare them for it. Good luck!

  • I am so thankful that my daughter hasn’t gotten her’s yet even though she is 16. I ended up taking her to the doctor because I was worried about her not getting her monthly friend. Thankfully, everything turned out okay and that she just hasn’t hit 100 lbs yet. The doctor thinks that once she hits 100 pounds then her monthly friend will make a visit. I told her to enjoy it while it lasts. ;)

    • April says:

      Yeah, really. I think a lot of girls look forward to it, but soon regret it. I’ve been reading that girls are starting earlier and earlier as the years go by…girls as young as 8 and 9 (can you imagine?!). God love them. Your daughter may be a late bloomer, but that may be a blessing in disguise. I didn’t know you had a 16 year old, Christy! I thought your kids were all younger.

  • Oh this is too cute… I have a LOOOONG way to go but with three girls….. and same ages…. I am going to always remember THIS piece for when it happens!

  • Raine says:

    awww! They grow up so fast, huh? Sometimes I’m glad I have a boy to avoid those situations, but I am sure I will have my own situations to face!

  • rhonda says:

    Sounds like they are growing up SO fast, as kids do. I’m so nervous about middle school and high school and seeing them turn into those pre-pubescent creatures. LOL

    Duct tape and dirty socks? Laughing out loud!!!

  • I can’t imagine how life will be when my daughter starts her “Exclamation Point” (I love that!). My husband and I were just talking about that the other day, wondering how we will handle life then since it’s already so “exciting,” and she’s only 7!

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