Now I am a mother, and I find that I too begin to feel wistful as August draws to a close. I love the relaxed days and the lack of daily lunch making and homework. I enjoy the absence of after-school activities and the break from in-school volunteering. I love being with my kids. Is it crazy in the house with them home? You betcha! Do they watch too much T.V.? I admit it, they do. Do I feel like a short order cook at times? Oh, yes. But, on the other hand, my kids have rediscovered the swings in our backyard and the toys in their bedrooms. They’ve also figured out that not only does their frequent cry; “I’m bored” have solutions but, they have the power to find those solutions, on their own.