I always feel strange in August being a grown adult and watching everyone else head back to school. I know kids I used to babysit going back to school, I know friends who are teachers going back to school, but my life remains mostly unphased by all of this in August. No big changes, no big milestones, the only real impact “back to school” has on me is “back to traffic and school zones.”
But seeing as how this summer has felt very strange with everything that happened with Mom beginning in May, I feel like in a way my family is heading back to school with her recovery. She began working with her physical therapist yesterday and when I talked to her on the phone today she sounded upbeat and happy. It made me feel good. It made me feel hopeful again. It also made me feel like maybe in a way my family was coming out from our own summer break. Our summer break though wasn’t full of lazy days, pool time and vacations but began with Mom’s relapse in May and was full of overnight hospital visits, stressful moments, big decisions, and a tough recovery road.
We survived it though. We are also continuing to survive. And this August as everyone heads back to school I am reminded of how life was in May as everyone was getting out of school for the summer. As I watched people update their facebook status to reflect summer vacation, Sister K and I were taking turns staying in a hospital room with Mom. I didn’t know how it would all turn out. I couldn’t imagine August even coming because I couldn’t fully comprehend what was even going on in that moment in May. But today I can see how far we have come. We still have a ways to go but that’s just more motivation as my family begins its own MS school year this August.
Do you have anyone in your life heading back to school this year, either as a student or teacher? Do you ever think of August as marking the beginning of a new year similar to January? Was your summer full of regular summer fun or any unexpected life events like mine? Has anyone else been enjoying the light traffic and no school zones this summer?