The bus has been ridden. The teachers have been met, friends new and old have been greeted. School outfits have been chosen, cast aside, chosen again. School supplies have been delivered and backpacks are ready to be packed with homemade lunches and notes stating “I love you. Have a great first day of school”. Tension is riding a bit high around here and Meg and Drew prepare for the first day of school on Monday. We’ve attended the ice cream socials at both of their schools, have chatted with teachers and parents we haven’t seen all summer. Books such as “Wemberely Worried” and “The Kissing Hand” have been read repeatedly to Drew, Annie and Izzie (their new adventure doesn’t start until September 9th). Meg has a new desk lamp and a cork board which still needs to be hung above her desk. The traditional first-and-last-day-of-school taco dinner has been discussed and all items will be procured this weekend. The kitchen cork board has been emptied of all previous school items such as lunch menus and calendars and will be filled this weekend with reading calendars, new lunch menus. Early release dates need to be put on the calendars. A whole tote full of paperwork needs to be read and filled out, to be returned to school with the appropriate child on Monday.
Today there is a crispness in the air telling me that fall is coming. It’s just around the corner. The first four days of school, however, will be hot and muggy and I’ll have warm, sticky kids exiting the bus next week. But fall is coming. The cooler mornings are the telltale sign. Soon our coat rack will be filled with sweatshirts. This weekend though, we’ll get haircuts and new sneakers, and maybe take one last trip to the lake on Sunday.
I think we’re ready. All of us, not just me. School is such a grand adventure awaiting the kids. This school year will bring good things. I can feel it.