Is it just me, or do others feel down in the dumps the week before school starts? Don't get me wrong, I love my job and enjoy teaching immensly, but I also love being home and being only a wife and mother during the summer. I would go absolutely nutso being a stay at home mom (I have more ambition than staying home all the time), but I always struggle with going back to school a week before school starts. As soon as the alarm clock goes off on the first day, however, I'm fine. I'm noticing that same feeling in my 2nd grade daughter. Last night at dinner, the kids (7 and 4) got into a huge argument, tears included, about who would get to go with my husband to cut hay today. My daughter was sobbing and told her brother, "I get to go with Daddy tomorrow because once school starts I don't get to spend time with him like you do." Maybe that is the crux of the issue - not getting to spend as much time together as a family once school starts.