Have you ever bounced a Superball® in a hallway? That’s what it was like watching three of our children wait for the bus this morning! They could not sit still for the life of them! They were seriously engaged in a samurai-inspired slow motion tableau involving three backpacks, a medicine bag, and a plastic hanger. I am NOT kidding; I didn’t know whether to laugh louder or hide all traces of sugar from the cupboards!
In addition to their exploding anticipation for the holiday weekend; Rex had to take an extra dose of antihistamine this morning due to his allergies. Most children would get sleepy or lethargic with said medicine; but Rex becomes more hyper! He seriously lets loose like a bottle rocket!
In speaking with David’s Middle School teacher about our children’s inability to focus lately; she explained the phenomenon. Her mentor had divulged that in Middle School after Spring Break, all of the developing hormones and the weather form a sort of “emotional tornado” that appears at random times throughout the day in the classroom.
It appears at home, as well! Our 5 youngest range in age like stair steps; and it is Spring! I spoke with Rex’s former teacher the other morning to tell her that I was praying for her and her colleagues throughout this Spring. She quipped, “If they haven’t learned it before Spring Break, they’re not going to learn it!” and we laughed.
My beloved theatre professor, Dr. H, used to say, “Springtime is when the boys start thinking about what the girls have been thinking about all year!” This was, I’m fairly certain, followed by a muttered prayer under his breath. I have recently begun the same practice of muttering prayers for sanity under my breath…(and also prayers for calorie-free chocolate!)
I’ve been trying to figure out what they’re even thinking; and the following is the best I can do at deciphering their springtime train of thought:
“Yay, it’s warm outside so I can wear shorts! Oh we have sugar cereal! Woohoo only a few more days til school is done! Wow, I’m hot! The girl/guy I like thinks so too…hahaha, just kidding. Hey I should say that out loud, but wait, is that a squirrel in our tree? That’s so hilarious how the squirrel eats with its paws! Oh, I should eat. I think mom is talking but I’m too busy trying to remember what I was going to say out loud. This food is good. Hmm…hanger or sword? I can’t stand still! How many days til summer? I am so glad it’s warm! Is that the bus?”
Seriously, I think their thoughts in the springtime are like a fast-moving train on tracks. You can try to catch a glimpse of their thoughts; as if they were flowers on the other side of the tracks, but the train (like their thoughts) is a blur. I say it again, Lord have mercy, and God bless the teachers everywhere!