August has come. I shall miss July. It was a wonderful month, the heart of my favorite season…summer! But I look forward to what August will bring with both joy and trepidation. I love that August here in the Lowcountry is still summer…with a capital S!
Hot… still in the triple digits and no sign of that changing this week. Sunny….actually a little more rain would be helpful with this heat, but I do love my sunshine. And, of course, the joy of long long days and clear nights with star-filled skies.
Downside? Back to school. Oh how I hate back to school down here. This is one of my biggest disappointments with being home in South Carolina. The school systems bite. And the worst part is….they don’t even know how bad they are! It is terrifying and disheartening and…sad. Especially for my son who is bright, and talented, works hard, and such a wonderful kid to work with (all his teachers agree) and has dyslexia. So the lovely schools will shove him to the side…off the main track… where he won’t make them actually teach in the way he learns and won’t mess up their illusory competence records. He is disappointed. I am disappointed for him.
This isn’t the end. We have just begun to fight.
Meanwhile, there are school supplies to buy….both for him and for my Little A. Even more for the Little A as kindergarten requires a lot more supplies than high school. So this weekend we will begin the shopping. Uniforms for the Little A… khaki pants and shorts, polo shirts, some play clothes for after school. Fill a long list of supplies needed. And clothes for my AJ…shorts, t shirts, cargo pants, sox, underwear, jeans and new tennis shoes. He grew over the summer! Nothing fits.
More writing. More editing. More days and nights of missing our A and wishing he was home once more with us where he belongs. THIS is his home. Nowhere else ever can be.
And more work. More landscaping, and cleaning. More gardens and flowers.
More blessings. More life. Welcome August.