Monday, August 17, 2009

Quotations of the Week: The End of Summer

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This week marks our final week of summer vacation. A mere week from today we'll be starting our 12th year of home education and our last year of having all four of our young people in our home school as Elizabeth will graduate from high school in the spring.

It's been a quiet summer, a summer of staying home and spending time together. The boys have just about worn out their ancient X-Box, purchased used with their own money a few years ago. Often the kids laze around in their pajamas for the majority of the day, watching movies, reading, playing on their Nintendo DS's, making up card games that they then teach each other. In the late afternoon when the mountain temperature drops below 100 degrees at last, the kids venture outside, back into the tree house where the boys sleep each night, over to the park to play tennis, out bike riding to the library or to the playground. We've had a few beach days, a few trips into San Diego, but mostly we've been at home.

The summer has slipped by so quickly, time sliding through our fingers like beach sand. We have a few plans for this final week: a beach day with my brother and his two kids (J's and B's ages) at my parents' place, a "girls' day out" with Elizabeth to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince again and do some clothes shopping with her earnings from the Bible Camp, and perhaps something else "fun." The kids spent this past weekend with my dad and brother and their cousins at my parents' mountain cabin 2000 feet above our mountain town, only a 20-minute drive. They've had fun this summer, even if it hasn't been all that they've wanted to do.

So in this light of this summer almost past, I post my Quotations of the Week:

"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want."

-- Calvin and Hobbes

"There is nothing like staying home for real comfort."

-- Jane Austen
Both are so true. And especially true of the lazy days of summer.

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