Summer Hols

30 Jun

That’s a word I hadn’t heard before….Hols.  Apparently when vacation comes around, it becomes too difficult to say three syllable words like Holidays.   Nonetheless, the kids are out for summer break now. 

Yesterday as we drove to school in the morning, the girls and I busted out a rousing rendition of the theme song from the Phineas and Ferb cartoon.  Why?  Here’s why:

The lyrics are perfect, so if you don’t have a broadband connection to watch the video on or you just can’t understand the words, here they are (the girls know them by heart):

There’s 104 days of summer vacation, then school comes along just to end it
So the annual problem for our generation is finding a good way to spend it

Like maybe building a rocket, or fighting a mummy, or climbing up the eiffel tower
Discovering something that doesn’t exist, or giving a monkey a shower

Surfing tidal waves, creating a nanobot, or locating Frankenstein’s brain
Finding a dodo bird, painting a continent, or driving our sister insane

As you can see there’s a whole lot of stuff to do before school starts this fall
So stick with us cause Phineas and Ferb are gonna do it all

Anyway, that’s the song the girls and I sang and bounced up and down to all the way to the last day of school.  And here’s what they looked like when Mary and I went to pick them up afterwards to kick off the Summer Hols:

The particular significance to this moment goes well beyond simply being the last day of school.  The reality is that when we moved to Ireland last Summer we said we would commit to going for a single year and we’d evaluate how it was going at the end of the school year and decide if we were coming back or not.

Most people said “there’s no way you’ll come back after only a year” and we firmly replied that we wouldn’t commit to staying any longer than the school year.  So while it hasn’t been a complete year here yet, the school year is our main marker and we have quickly gotten to that Evaluation point we said we’d get to.

Between the school, the job, the house, the lifestyle and the general pervasive sense of peace and joy we are experiencing here, it looks like we’ll be here longer than our original commitment.  How long?  Who knows?  Who knows anything these days, but I know it’s been one heck of a great school year for the girls. 

Here’s what they looked like on the first day, way back last August:

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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