Summer is slowly coming to an end, and by now all the kids are back in school.
For me, it is bittersweet as perhaps my house may be a bit calmer now that they are preoccupied with schoolwork and making new friends, but yet scary to think that they are growing up way too fast. I remember people telling me when they were first born to cherish the time because it goes by so fast, and boy were they right!
The anxiety of the first day of school is always so exciting for me as we get them all ready with their new backpacks and pose for the usual picture outside on the front door step. Then we load in the car and proceed to the drop-off area where they excitedly get out of the car with huge smiles on their faces and run off to face any fears they may have that day. I sit and watch from the distance, holding back tears as they high five their friends, teachers and principal as they walk in the door and disappear into the building.
At the end of the day, I pull into the same drop-off site to pick them up and still see those huge smiles on their faces as they jump into the car and all start telling me about their fabulous first days. They are beaming and all trying to talk at the same time, and I just sit back and smile with joy.
See, my kids’ experiences could not be better without the help and work of the great teachers and staff they get to work with each and every day. I cannot express my gratitude enough to those who choose the profession of enriching children’s lives each and every day. It is thanks to those teachers, principals and staff who make my kids love school and learning and make them feel safe and secure and allow me to go about my days with no worries.
So, to all you teachers, principals and staff out there, hats off to you and thank you for all you do. Until next month… Grow, Play, Live.