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Jennie's Journey

Bye-bye kiddos

Yakima Valley homes are suddenly quiet again as youngsters return to school.

This week students enrolled at Sunnyside Christian, Grandview and Mabton schools returned to class, giving parents who have been home with them a sigh of relief.

The summer months are filled with fun and laughter, and the constant demands of children who believe, "There's nothing to do."

I know a few parents look forward to the school year because entertaining children is not as easy as they would like it to be.

My husband, for example, had many stories this summer. My children want to stay busy all the time, it seems. The youngest of the trio is constantly requesting to go to a friend's house or sharing the fact that he is being starved to death. He wants to do this and do that...and it doesn't stop until bed time.

To keep them busy for the first two months of summer, the McGhan children were on the swim team. It was the past 23 days that were especially difficult for the family members who were at home while I was at work.

Thankfully, the oldest of the siblings was able to work part-time. Keeping him occupied at the worrisome age of 15 isn't nearly as difficult as keeping a busy 10-year-old boy happily preoccupied.

Our daughter enjoyed a few visits with friends, but was primarily kept content with a book...like mother, like daughter.

Now that the children are in school again, my husband feels he can relax and tend to the household duties without having to worry about keeping all three children actively engaged in worthwhile activities.

The quiet is a blessing, he tells me.

Not all parents are happy without the sounds of little feet scurrying across the linoleum. Some will miss their little munchkins, but there are those who realize a busy mind needs the distraction of learning to make everyone happy.

So, to the parents of students in Sunnyside...your turn will come, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, to be exact. Try to make the next week memorable so you can look back upon this last week of summer vacation with fondness and appreciation.

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