Sing it with me, “It’s the most! wonderful tiiiiiiime of the year!”
Why is that lyric in a Christmas carol?
I’ve always found it more appropriate for back-to-school.
It’s not that don’t love the lazy days of summer, with their spontaneous adventures and endless goofing around among the children….it’s just that back-to-school holds so much promise.
All the perfectly-sharpened pencils. All the new activities: school chorus, piano lessons, soccer practice. All the hope of growing and learning and being back together with friends.
I know I’m blessed that my kids are so excited to go back to school. I know I’m blessed that they go to a public school with fantastically dedicated and talented teachers. I know I’m blessed that after five years at this school, I am part of a community of thoughtful, caring families who actively make our school and neighborhood a better place to live.
It can be a bumpy few weeks, as we all get used to the new routines for sleeping and eating and activity. But it’s also a time to reframe priorities and make sure self-care is on our schedules. I, for one, am looking forward to catching up with some friends and being able to converse with them without being constantly interrupted. I know my friends are also summer-spent and in need of some girlfriend time.
For those of you who are also in the back-to-school transition, I wish you the best. Go out there and get ’em, kids.