It's the beginning. The beginning of The End.
Like magic, status updates on facebook are counting days until the end of school. Whether it's teachers and school staff, or the college student who's ready for the first summer back home from a far off school, or the ones counting out papers and projects left for graduation, or the mom that's ready for late nights at the ball field without homework waiting back home on the dining room table, or the high school student who is so far behind on sleep they'll be sleeping until July 4th.
It's the beginning of The End.
In the elementary schools the buzz is beginning to build, things become more manic, more crazy until the explosion of field days and end of school parties. In the high schools things seem to go into suspended animation - time crrraaawwwlllsss. College slows down and then ends, bang! in a flurry of tests and moving and goodbyes.
However things go from here, what has happened this week - as spring break fades into history - is the end came into view.
So, let the end begin. But to let the anticipation of the end fuel only desire and impatience is to waste a perfectly good end. So take time (even if you have no affiliation to the school year at this time in your life) to savor the days and the sense of something accomplished. To mark this time when endings and beginning are all jumbled up.
Or as Robert Frost said:
"You're searching, Joe, for things that don't exist; I mean beginnings. Ends and beginnings -- there are no such things. There are only middles."