A fresh start

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Monday marked the first day of school for kids all across the USA. Some even started the previous week. My kids have one more week of sleeping in, video games and devastating laziness before they are scheduled back to school next Monday.

I’ve noticed varying degrees of both excitement and angst expressed by parents and kids about the prospect of going back to school. It seems my friend Billy Coffey views the start of a new school year with a tinge of melancholy. I believe he referred to it as feeling like death.

Screen shot 2013-08-19 at 6.48.51 PMThen again, Billy’s a professional writer. Writers tend to have a “glass half empty, dirty and chipped” outlook on life at times. (And if you’re a professional writer and happen to be reading this, don’t bother arguing with me. You know how you are.)

I, on the other hand, look forward to the new school year. Always have.

It’s an opportunity to start over with a clean slate. And not just for the kids, but for the teachers and parents, too. We all have perfect attendance and passing grades. None of us have forgotten about the parent/teacher conference that was scheduled or forgotten to pack our kid’s lunch on mystery meat day in the cafeteria. (Which incidentally, it pretty much every day.) We haven’t fought about homework, bedtimes, or missed assignments. All is set to zero and opportunities for greatness abound.

And while we’ve all had a safe, relaxing and fun summer, I think my kids are ready to get back into the predictable routine that the school year brings.

I know I am:

(That video never gets old, does it?)

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4 Responses to “A fresh start”

  1. Jim H August 20, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    I’m with you – I had already read Billy’s article and was slightly bummed, but yes, this is what back to school really means – freedom!

  2. jake August 20, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    My parents celebrated when I went back. That said, my mother worked nights and got better sleep during the day without two troublesome children around. I get nostalgic this time of year. It kills me.

  3. Marni August 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    I love that commercial–no, it never gets old!

    I have a love/hate thing going with new school years. I like the routine and sports seasons starting back up. But in the summer, I see how long I can go without cooking dinner (my best record is 4 months which is longer than summer is, but whatever).

    Once school is back on, I feel I should go back to cooking nutritious meals than give my daughter the brain power to tackle pre-Algebra.

    Or I order pizza.

  4. Musings September 3, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    That’s an adorable commercial. Actually my granddaughter was very excited to go back to school. Thank goodness!

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