Here in Massachusetts it is the start of April Vacation. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the weather is warm. A perfect time for the kids to have the week off from school, right? Wrong!! (According to a dear friend of mine there is no perfect week for the kids to be off from school, and I usually don't disagree.)
Maybe I wouldn't mind April vacation if we didn't just have a week off seven weeks ago in February, and then seven weeks before that in December. Plus in nine more weeks it will be two full months off. Where does the insanity stop.
It is not that I don't like spending time with my kids because some of the time I actually do. And I usually am fond of Summer Vacation because it means I get to catch up with my BFF that I don't see much the rest of the year due to crazy schedules (she has a pool, we practically live there in the summer). It's just that how are we preparing are kids for the real world when they are out of school more than they are in it?
I know, I know, you are all saying I am evil and kids should be kids while they still can. Well yes, I am evil and kids should have fun, but they need to learn that life is not all fun and games. It can suck, a lot. The sooner they learn that the better. Perhaps then we wouldn't have so many kids coming out of college thinking they are entitled to a high paying job just because, well because.
Maybe I shouldn't be bitching because I actually am kid free this week. My parents live in Vermont and they have the kids this week. Plus I am a lunch lady at the school so I get the week off too. Parrrrrtttttyyyyy! Um no. I will be working my other job all week, to make up for the week of pay I am losing out on at the school (heaven forbid the lunch ladies get paid vacations). I think I would rather have a root canal.
Working school vacation week at the restaurant I work at is pure hell. All the parents that had to take the week off are looking for things for their kids to do so they take them out to lunch. I deal with more little buggers over vacation week then I do working at a school full of them. Plus, these kids are with their parents and one thing I have learned is there are a lot of sucky parents out there. At least at school the kids are fairly well behaved. Kids out with their useless parents are nightmares. They think they have the run off the place and can do what they want and the parents think they are getting a free babysitter out of the deal while they throw back the cocktails.
If I survive this week it will be a bloody miracle. I might be popping some of my husband's Valium prescription to get through. Just so I can do it all over again in June.