Friday, May 9, 2008

Friday musings: Spring Fever

Friday: Chicken picatta with capers

Reflections from the Backcounter

School is winding down and the temperature is rising!! More than an observation on the weather, I am referring to the fever that is raging through my house...Spring fever! It is getting increasingly difficult to get my teens out of bed in the morning and homework is becoming a daunting task for them. It is hard to blame them. The circadian rhythm of the teen body is completely out of synch with the time demands of a school schedule. Haven't you noticed? Teens get a second wind at night and suddenly have a burst of energy around 11 pm. Just when the parents are collapsing, teens are buzzing with enthusiasm and sleep is the last thing on their minds. Morning is another story. Trying to get my teenage son out of bed in the morning requires nothing short of a herculean effort.

These kids are tired by the end of the school year and are yearning for the unstructured days of summer. My kids plan to sleep for the first week of vacation. Until then, they must continue to soldier on and stay focused on the last tasks of the semester. Projects are coming to a close and the final mountain to climb is finals week. Keep them well fed and prepare for late nights...they are inevitable.



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