Saying Goodbye to Summer, 6:20 a.m. Alarms, One-Hour Commutes and Polos

Even though I've been a parent for 6.5 years now, this is probably the first time Summer has felt different than the rest of the year. Now that my son is going into first grade and my daughter is going into kindergarten, I know things around the house will change come the first day of school.

First, I'm going to have to wake-up earlier. The commute to work in summer has me leaving a little after 7 a.m. and getting into work right around 8 a.m. or 8:15. Basically, it's an hour door to door. My alarm – if the dogs don’t wake me up first – is set at 6:20 which gives me enough time to shave, walk the dogs and either get the kids' breakfast ready or at least get it started and feed said dogs.

Come the week after Labor Day traffic times on my 23 mile commute will shoot up. Generally, I leave during the rest of the year shortly before 7 a.m. and park at the office around 8:30…if the weather is nice. Add rain or snow and it’s another 30 minutes or more. Granted, I'm almost always driving a brand new test car on this route but the slog is still a slog even if you have a massaging and heated driver's seat.

The kids will have to get up earlier too. So will the wife. And with my luck the dogs will be earlier than all of us.

Then at the office casual attire shifts from a polo shirt with jeans to either a long-sleeve button up shirt and jeans or a sweater with the colder weather. Both add to the dry-cleaning bill.

The ride home has been about 45 minutes and will go up as well but it generally never hurts as much as the ride in.

I know the kids look forward to school at this age but me, I'd rather it be endless summer.