Monday was my 7-year-old's last day of first grade, and yet last Friday was a prescheduled no school day. I've never quite been able to understand the logic behind non-holiday-related no-school days, all I know is there sure are a lot of them. Inservice days, professional development days, budget reduction days, grading days, conference days. I read somewhere that here in Oregon, there are something like 175 school days in the year.
Most parents, however, have 250 working days. That's a pretty big gap that has to be covered in some way, not to mention the days when kids are too sick for school. Add in classroom events, after school sports, doctor's appointments, and various other extracurricular activities, and here's what I'm coming to realize: I don't think I'm ever going back to work full time. And honestly? I'm not sure how I feel about that.