I remember, as a kid, singing Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” at the top of my lungs on the last day of school. It’s the perfect song for how a kid feels on that day, and for many years millions of American kids sang and listened to that song when the bell rang on the final day.
I don’t know if kids still play that song. My son asked this week if we could play it when he arrived home after his last day of fifth grade, but my son also likes the Eagles and Sam Cooke and Van Morrison. Not a typical 10-year-old in 2017.
Whether or not kids still like Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out”, the feeling is still the same.
I remember that feeling. The lyrics now would be a little different, I think – No more whiteboard, no more laptops… Doesn’t have the same ring to it. But I’m certain that the feeling is the same. They say that Memorial Day is the unofficial first day of summer, but I’ve always thought summer begins on the last day of school. This year, the unofficial start to summer just happened to fall on the official start of summer.
As a parent, the last day of school brings about different feelings. And as a parent who works from home, facing the prospect of my wife and son being around every day, I look at summer vacation much differently than I used to.
As you can probably tell, it kind of snuck up on me this year. Now my son is home all summer, along with my wife, who works at the school.
The worst part is that, working from home, I have to be disciplined. And I am, as long as I’m alone. But when my son is home and the weather is nice, all I want to do is go to the beach or do something fun. Anything to avoid work. And if my wife and son are going somewhere, I want to go with them.
I guess the main problem is that I want to be a kid again and feel that rush of the final bell, knowing I have the whole summer ahead of me to do what I want. But what can you do? Sometimes it’s tough being an adult, especially when school’s out. I’ll blame Alice Cooper.