Summer vs. Back to School

r Summer vacation! For those who don’t have to be at work, it can be a wonderful, fun-filled adventure. But, seemingly without warning it’ll be time to go back to school, and it will all come to a screeching halt.

On a random summer day, you can sleep in until 10:30 (or later) if you want. Once school starts, the alarm goes off before 7:00 a.m.

On a random summer day, you can take your time and make a big, nice, fancy breakfast. (Or brunch.) (Or lunch, depending on how long you sleep in.) Once school starts, you’ll be lucky if you have enough time to scarf down a bowl of Lucky Charms before you have to get out the door.

On a random summer day, you can do just about anything you want. You can go camping, hiking, swimming, picnicking, or any other fun activity you can think to do. Once school starts you can still do anything you want…except for between the hours of 7:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m. when all your time is precisely scheduled. Or after 9:00 p.m. when you need to be in bed.

On a random summer day you can stay up as late as you want; there is no bedtime. Once school starts, if you stay up past 9:00 p.m. you’re going to have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning.

On a random summer day, there won’t be any homework, but there might be a parade, or a carnival, or fireworks. Once school starts, there WILL be homework.

On a random summer day you can wear whatever you want: shorts, sweatpants, tank tops, swimsuits, flip flops or thongs. (Okay, well maybe not thongs.) Once school starts you have to be presentable, so you usually wear new clothes. They look nice, but they might not be comfortable because they aren’t broken in yet.

On a random summer day, the sun rises before you get out of bed, and it doesn’t go down until late in the evening. Once school starts, the sun hides behind the mountains earlier and earlier every night.

On a random summer day, you can enjoy yourself and think that summer will never end. Once school starts you can start looking forward to NEXT summer.

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Joseph Capell
Joseph Capell
Joe Capell is a husband and the father of four children. When not herding the kids or working, he enjoys writing funny-ish things for the amusement of others. He’s also fond of naps and eating ice cream with his wife.

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