Actually, Toe will be taking 5 weeks of half-day enrichment programs from St. Paul Public Schools, though I am not sure how I will tolerate him being any more enriched. In 9 months my kindergartener (who, BTW, is perpetually dissatisfied with any enrichment activiity I may come up with) has gone from reading at the first grade to third-grade level, and by the end of the summer may be indeed be editing this blog (or maybe starting his own blog, sporting a thoughtful mustache and getting his own pied-à-terre where he can "focus" on his own "work" without the juvenile distractions of Mommy). I was planning on teaching him how to play Swannee River by blowing on a blade of switchgrass, but that's just me.
Roo will be doing a day camp in creepy-crawlies (his favorite new thing to make me scream) called "Bugnation." Insects and slithery varmits are one of my most hatiest things about summer, and Roo's most beloved, so we are at odds. In this case it is best to send a child away to explore such distasteful interests, as one might send an emerging young Republican off to Camp GOP, etc.
And while this and other structured activities may seem like a lot, any parent knows that it is a mere drop in the vast, cavernous bucket of time which is the American agro-summer. Here are some other development-directed "funtivities" we have slated for Summer Vacay 2011:
1. Mommy School: Unlike most public options, Mommy School is year-round and has no end. You will never graduate, and there is no possibility of "skipping."
2. Daddy Therapy: This one is actually administered for Daddy, not by daddy, and involves, tickling, bouncing on Hub's tummy (not me, the boys), silly performances of all sorts, spontaneous LEGO floor parties, poking fun at his pastiness at beaches and the roasting of red meat in the back yard. Daddy has had a hard year, and he is tops on our "to-do" list of compassionate projects.
3. Greening: As much color, fresh air, nature and silence as we can possibly pack into our disability-limited but hard-earned free time.
4. Popsicles, watermelon, berrypicking, backyard tenting, bonfires, star-gazing, Tante parties, Uncle Poopy stories, chipmunk chasing, Farmer's marketing, flip-flopping and guerilla gardening.