Brian Matuszak column: Brian wishes to extend summer three more monthsSo it’s September and as you can see by the merchandise lining the shelves of your local department store, it’s Christmas.
By: Brian Matuszak, Duluth News Tribune
So it’s September and as you can see by the merchandise lining the shelves of your local department store, it’s Christmas.
Wait, you thought it was time for back-to-school? Well, you’re obviously one of those foolish calendar-watching people.
Technically, you’re right: It is time for kids to put away the bikes, Mountain Dew, and iDevices to get ready for more education. However, the local department stores were selling that back-to-school stuff on the Fourth of July, so commerce-wise, you’re late. (Good rule of thumb? August is Halloween, September is Christmas, October is Christmas Next Year.)
But I digress. Back-to-the-back-to-school-topic!
It’s always a sad time around our house when the school year kicks in because we actually like spending time with our kid, although I can’t testify that the feeling is always mutual, especially when I’m launching into impromptu Doctor Who sing-alongs at the mall.
Since Sue and I work at schools, and Kaylee is a student, we get to spend the majority of our June, July, and August being together. These past three months have seen us doing a ton of family activities, from Sue and me basking in the glow of Kaylee’s golf accomplishments — Twin Ports Girl Junior Player of the Year, a first place finish at the Minnesota Junior PGA tournament in Bemidji, and qualifying for the Minnesota Golf Association state tournament, since you asked — to all three of us diving into the woods to construct a personal-best geocaching streak of 100 finds.
We’ve also been summer campers, summer daytrippers, and general summer goof-offers. But all that fun has to stop now that education, and employment, start up again. Ah, well. I suppose those are important, too.
Part of the reason for this end-of-summer-bummer is that the higher up the educational tree Kaylee climbs, the less Sue and I are needed to form stepping branches.
I remember when the fall open houses were a beehive of activity with new classmates, new teachers, and new classrooms. The excitement of the upcoming year would energize the three of us like a bazillion bowls of Sugary Sugar Buzz. Sue and I were always invited to participate in Kaylee’s classes and we couldn’t get enough of that helping high!
But slowly, year after year, we’ve been weaned off the stuff, and by the time Kaylee’s a senior, Sue and I will be stone-cold clean with hardly any direct connection to her school at all.
And while that does make us a little sad, we find some consolation in witnessing our daughter slowly grow from a nervous preschooler into a
confident, independent woman.
But honestly, I’d prefer if we could hold off on that final transformation until the summer after next. I’m still working on the final draft of my Doctor Who musical, to be debuted at Kaylee’s graduation party.
Brian Matuszak is the founder of Rubber Chicken Theater, and invites you to follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/rchickentheater or like him on Facebook at Rubber Chicken Theater. Currently, he’s building a giant frame to hold his daughter’s first huge check from the LPGA.