I’m really not ready for it to be summer just yet ...

— May is quickly spinning away from us, which means the end of the school year is rapidly approaching.

For our daughter Jaylynn, almost 11, this is a time of unbridled joy. She has  officially joined the ranks of the “Gee, I can’t wait until school is over!” club, for Jaylynn believes the summer months will give her even more time to vegetate in front of her computer.

However her mother and my wife Vida, the Definitive Decider of the Digital Domain at the Kellar Estate, has other plans for our child, plans which involve exposure to actual, real sunlight, as opposed to the glare from the computer monitor.

These designs include sending her to Girl Scout camp. Among all of the other Girl Scout Troop 565-related duties in which she is deeply involved, Vida is making all of the preparations and purchases needed to make sure Jaylynn can get back to nature for a few days this summer.

This is the girl who, not too long ago, had to be dragged forcibly inside the Estate because she wasn’t finished observing all of the wild animals in the back yard and, trust me, there is a lot of wildness back there.

Now it is a quick hello when she gets home from school before she disappears inside her room and starts playing  wildlife adventure computer games. In the latest, she gets to be a wolf venturing across the Great Northwest. Gee, when I was a kid, we just watched that sort of stuff on television ...

Anyway, Vida is determined that our daughter spends just as much time this summer in the real world as in the virtual world ...

— We haven’t had the heart to break it to our son Jason, 3.5, yet that his “Mother’s Day Out” classes are coming to a close. Twice a week, Jason visits Wesley United Methodist Church alongside Emilee, his bestest friend forever. If it was up to Jason, though, he would practically live there. Every night as I am putting him to bed, Jason will ask at least once, “Am I going to school tomorrow, with Emilee?”

While it is wonderful that Jason has such a love for learning and the classroom, we also understand that as busy as we are going to be keeping Jaylynn, we will need to put in twice as much effort with Jason so that he doesn’t miss his school time too much until his pre-K classes start this fall.

The current situation reminds me a great deal of how it was with our son Nick, now 20, and Jaylynn a few years ago. Two children of different ages, at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of appreciation for the educational experience.

— With the ending of May will also come the ending of Vida’s and my favorite television shows, some of which, alas, won’t be back. Tops on this list is “Lost” on ABC. I have mentioned on previous occasions just how devoted we are to this program, because we not only watch it each week, we become deeply involved in spirited discussions about each episode while creating elaborate explanations and theories about exactly what is going on. We then share these conjectures with anyone else who is nutty enough to have been so dedicated to a show which, after almost six complete seasons, has left its viewers with no real clue as to what is happening, what has happened or what will be happening.

Needless to say, Vida and I will spending the night of May 23 behind locked doors at the Estate, as we watch the “Lost” series finale. The phones will be shut off and the children may be sent to stay the night with grandma Reba and Aunt Pam, while Vida and I spend 2.5 hours becoming totally absorbed in our favorite program. Of course, after it is over, we will probably look at each other with confused expressions on our faces and say, “Huh? That’s it?”

Maybe it is not too late to join Jaylynn at summer camp ...

Just a thought ...

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