For me, the phases of getting ready to go back to school always start the same way every year. The date is January the... somethingth. It's been January the somethingth since around New Year's, and it will remain this way for some weeks to come.
It's at this critical moment of peak relaxation that I notice a shift in the messages I'm receiving from my girlfriends. Instead of swapping Netflix recommendations and fully supporting my decision to eat rocky road for breakfast, they're chatting about their kids' school's new uniform policy and reminding each other that dance class enrollments are due. They're wearing makeup. And bras.
They're busy. And acting like school is starting next week.
Which, I now realise, it is.
Seeing as I always must accept this reality rather quickly, over the years, I've become quite attune to the five very unique phases of getting ready to go back to school.