Today is the first day of school. My daughter Hannah is starting grade two. I feel like I should be writing a tear-inducing post about the awesomeness of my daughter, and just how quickly kids grow.
Both of those things are true, but the way. My daughter is awesome, and kids do grow quickly. Way too quickly, in fact, as any parent can tell you.
In spite of the fact that today marks a milestone, and significant point in the year, I really have nothing. I may have reached my current quote on sappiness, or maybe I’m just not in the right mood. Or maybe – and I think this is most likely reason – everyone is just ready for today. I know Hannah is ready to head back to class, and excited about embarking on new learning adventures. I know I’m ready to get back into a more predictable routine. Plus, let’s face it, grade two isn’t exactly the milestone the last two years were. Starting kindergarten is a big hairy deal, and moving from kindergarten to grade one felt like a big step, too. This year is much more about making a natural transition than about starting an entirely new journey.
And yet, today is a transition all the same. We’re all getting back to the business of the school year, and wishing the lazy days of summer vacation a fond farewell. So while I’m not feeling sappy or talking about the bittersweet nature of parenting, I am engaged in some reflection. I’m thinking back on summer 2012, and all that it held. It was a good one. Here’s what it looked like for my family:
Looking at these photos, I suspect that I’m feeling ready for today because this was a good summer. I feel like we squeezed all the fun we could out of it, so there’s no sadness that it’s over. We’re ready for the next thing to start.
What about you? What did your summer vacation look like? And how are you feeling as the kids head back to school?