it’s time to get ready for school
I never know when it is going to hit — that moment when I’m ready to return to school. Some years it arrives early, just a few days after the previous school year ends. Other times it happens mid-July. One year I had to force myself through the early August days of the new school year and wondered if I’d lost my passion forever. (I didn’t.)
If I’m honest, now that I have this little tribe of my own, I sometimes wonder if I’ll be ready to go back. If the desire will be there. If the magic of a new school year will still charm me. It always does. I’m always ready to return.
A few weeks ago, Hannah and I ran into Wal-Mart. “Oh no! Don’t look Mom!” Hannah squealed. Of course I looked.
And wished I didn’t.
There we are: me, someone who believes with her whole being in the power and purpose of public education, and her, someone who wants to grow up and be a teacher, standing with our mouths gaping and feet frozen, appalled by the school supply aisle.
And we love school supplies.
“Is it time, Mom?” Hannah’s voice is low.
“Almost,” I say back.
“I’m not ready,” she says.
“You will be.”
And this is the truth.
We will be ready for school to start. As much as I treasure these moments of summer, I also treasure the moments of the school year. As good as it is for us to be together at home, bonding and creating memories, it is also good to go out in the world and find the rhythm of the school year and the connections to friends and the community.
It’s about letting go and holding on. It is time to prepare. For the next few weeks, I’ll share ways I get ready to start the new school year, in hopes it will inspire you and help you feel ready too.
Here’s to another year — may it be the most charming of all.