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Back in the 80’s, when The Cosby Show ruled the airwaves and millions of people arranged their schedules to be home every Thursday night at 8pm; a back-to-school episode of Cosby aired one night and went completely over my thirteen-year old head.

In this episode, Cliff and Claire Huxtable broke out the champagne and danced around the house for their annual celebration of their kids’ return to the first day of school.  At thirteen, I could not understand for the life of me, “why were they so happy?”

Fast forward to today.  Years later, after almost 13 years of being a mom, it all makes perfect sense to me!  I can now imagine all kinds of reasons for their parental elation and celebration.

First of all, this mom and dad duo was probably thrilled to have the house back with the long distant echoes of silence returning if only for a few hours.  Second, it may have been a great relief to them as working parents not to have to coordinate summer care and camps for three solid months. Maybe, it was a joy to have the kids back in all day structured school that the children could actually walk to all by themselves. Or perhaps, the adulation stemmed from just not having to hear four to five children who may have spent the whole summer bemoaning one the most familiar anthems of pre-teen and teen life, “I’m bored!”

So, what does that have to do with me today?  It is the end of the school year after all, not the beginning, as you may rightfully point out.

Make sure to read: 7 End Of The School Year Questions To Ask Your Child’s Teacher

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