An Ode to the Joys of Back to School

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Goodbye summer written in the sand.Ahh, those lazy August days. Lounging at the beach or pool, hanging out at the amusement park, eating ice cream for dinner. We all love the summer, but alas, at some point, it is bound to come to an end.

However, I think the start of the school year and getting back into a routine is good. So please hear me out.

I looked forward to the first day of school each year as a kid. I saw it as a new beginning – a fresh start, if you will. New teachers, new classes, new clothes. A chance to start over and create new goals. As an adult, I look forward to September with a sense of renewal and excitement. 

This is something I want to instill in my kids. Of course, I’ve already been hearing the grumblings of “I don’t want to go back to school.” I listen to their concerns about the unknown and try to reassure them that the new school year can bring a wealth of possibilities once they get back into their routines.

My daughter will be learning an instrument for the first time this year, and my son will play in his first flag football game.

Who knows where these activities may lead them in years to come, but I know that the journey will be fun, facing new challenges and crushing goals.

My kids aren’t the only ones starting anew. I also like to turn the month of September into a fresh start for myself. I’ll start a new workout routine this fall and am excited to see where it takes me and my well-being. 

Enjoy the rest of the summer – don’t let it pass you by. Revel in the moments big and small. But at the same time, be mindful of all that September and the start of a new school year can bring to you and your family. 

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