I think we hit that point today when it's finally OK to start talking about school again. We're about 5 weeks into summer vacation in these parts (with 6 weeks to go), and like the first robin of spring today was the first day when the pool and baseball and bikes didn't take up every waking thought. Books actually made an appearance, too.
Granted, it was a rainy day, so the pool and the baseball and the bikes were on a forced hiatus. But two weeks ago, rain meant some very depressed young boys; whereas today, I think they were actually ready for a break.
These last few weeks have been great. A family trip followed by days at the local pool and after-dinner outside time that often stretched way past what used to be an actual bedtime. Frankly, by mid-June even I was a bit worn out from homework checks and morning routines.
Now, though, I'm glad to see the transition starting. When I got home from the office today, the kids ran to show me all the check marks they had on their summer reading program tracking sheets. First time it happened all summer, but I suspect it will continue now right through back to school. The bikes and bathing suits and baseball mitts are far from packed away, but it's good to see that our young vacationers' brains haven't gone completely to mush.