Everyone sleeps. The new clothes are washed and set out for tomorrow. The
pencils are sharpened. The new shoes are still new-looking. The backpacks have
been set by the door. The kids are dreaming of a new school year. The Dad is
asleep probably dreaming about peace in the house. And here I am. The Mom awake
and full of adrenaline. I want to sleep. I want to dream. I just looked in on
the kidlets. How sweet they look. I stood over them and smiled. And
thought….If it’s not too much to ask of the Big Guy Upstairs, I am asking that
they have a good year. They deserve it. And let’s face it…this Mom needs some


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