I don’t have tiny humans of my own, yet, and I probably won’t have them for a while. What may surprise you parents out there, though, is that I get just as excited for back-to-school as they do. Obviously my enthusiasm for the end of summer comes with different reasons, but I’m eager for your kids to return to school, nonetheless. Even now that I’m no longer a server/bartender/retail associate with my afternoons free, I’ve found a few stellar reasons to rejoice when the kids are back in the classroom.
The train is less crowded
In the summer, the commuter trains fill up with people who don’t know the drill. Families and teens flood the city to visit the beach, summer festivals, museums, shopping and more. Some of the time, this is no big deal, but there are always a few occurrences that really irritates the daily commuters.
I can relax in the park on my lunch hour
I work three blocks from Millennium Park in Chicago. In the summer, it’s swarmed with teens in high-waisted short shorts and crop tops. Sure, there may be the sporadic field trip to The Bean or a couple tourists, but the mass exodus of the parent-less hormonal teens at the end of summer sets my heart a flutter.
Every year as summer begins and the hoards of local and exotic tourists descend upon Chicago, trolling up and down State Street, outside the building where I work. I look at these people and scream in my head, “Where were you when the temperature was well below zero?!” As soon as it’s nice out, they overrun the sidewalk, walking in large groups that take up the entire space so I have to push my way through them to make it to my train on time. When they go away, and there are fewer people in my way as I head to and from work, ecstatic doesn’t begin to cover it.
While I’m all vacationed out for the year, this os the absolute best time for childless people to hit up the great vacation spots typically overrun with kids and families. My boyfriend and I visited Disney World the week after Labor Day a couple years ago and it was AMAZING. If I could plan all of my vacations during this time, I totally would!
I don’t get to experience this nearly as much as I did when I wasn’t working a 9-5, but oh my GOD did I love going to matinees after the kids went back to school! Empty theaters all to myself at the lower price! Glorious.
What are you looking forward to when the kids go back to school?
We’re on our third month of the school year over here so routine has been fairly established. Still gets a little crazy though. Since I have kiddos, I prefer summer.
I never thought about the school year starting at different times in different countries. I can imagine it being pretty hectic wherever you are, though. 🙂
I actually find the opposite to be true here but I’m not commuting from outside the city. Within the city I find the trains and subways busier when school’s in because of all the kids taking transit to school in the morning which happens to coincide with the start of my work day. The food courts and restaurants near my office also fill up because there’s a few high schools within walking distance.
I do agree with the vacation thing though. I took time off in the summer but when I actually travel I tend to do son in the off season so April and October (ish). Doesn’t hurt that the weather is usually pretty mild during that season too.
Oh yeah, I’ll bet the internal transportation is a bit crazier!
Truth about the mild weather too!
I’m so with you on the train…
Woo hoo for commuters!
Oh man, this is SO true. I can’t wait for all the summer chaos to die down and let me drink my coffee in PEACE.
Word. I learned the “after Labor Day” trick a few years ago when making my yearly trip to the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. Way shorter lines!
I’ve got kids, but I can totally relate to all of your reasons. I love back to school time. It just makes everything easier, less crowded, etc. My husband prefers his car commute in the summer though.
I can imagine a summer drive commute being so much easier (I don’t envy wintertime commuters who drive)!
love the different angle on why adults love BTS. seems like ages ago when I had the same top 5 reasons…since the kids arrived my reasons are very different…great post!
Thanks! I’m sure some day it will be vastly different for me. 🙂
Oh man. When the kids go back to school, I have to start battling all the parents who think it’s okay to block my driveway while they drop their kids off. I need to print out mass fliers to leave on people’s windshields before I reverse out across my front yard.
oh no! That is reason enough for me to NEVER live near a school. Even when I have tiny humans who go to school!