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My Last First Day
It seems just a short while ago that I was dropping my kids off on their first day of school. Shaun was heading into the first grade and the twins into kindergarten. It was two different grades and two polar opposite reactions. Shaun was skipping in the parking lot, eager and excited to go. Shyal and Sabrina (the twins) were quiet, and you could tell there was a current of emotions just beneath the surface. We were walking down the hall to drop all three off, and I remember Shaun saying, “See ya!” before running to his classroom. The twins were clinging to both my wife and me, bawling their eyes out. When we got them to the classroom, the teachers explained to us that we needed to leave so the twins could acclimate to their new environment, but my wife and I couldn’t help but worry. We sat in the parking lot for 30 minutes, tempted to go back in. That process would go on for the first two weeks of school.
social group was a big deal to me. I had some reservations as I navigated the new terrain, and as I went to my first-period English class, I certainly had
some anxiety. The teacher was taking attendance, and the name “John Irish” came out. I immediately
perked up because he was on my soccer team. John introduced me to his friends, and the rest is history. John and I still talk to this day.
Transitioning between schools can be an emotional experience, but watching Shaun go through it, you would think it was effortless. The first thing he wanted to do when he told my parents he was a Badger was take them to campus and show them around. He was like a tour guide and explained all the intricacies and history behind every building on the UW Madison campus. The only thing
SCHOOL IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF THE CRUCIAL RELATIONSHIPS YOU’RE ABLE TO FORM.
I blinked, and Shaun walked across the stage with his diploma a couple of months ago, and the twins are following right behind him.
These memories reminded me of my first days of school. For some reason, I found it prudent to argue with my mom about whether or not I needed lunch. I was adamant that I didn’t need to pack a lunch on the first day, and my mother wouldn’t let me leave without it. I remember going through the first day and being so
hungry and incredibly thankful I had a lunch that day. That’s why I tell my kids to listen to their mother. School is so important because of the crucial relationships you’re able to form. I moved around and went to a few different schools. A lot of the transitions I went through defined my personality. I remember changing schools going into high school. Joining a whole new
that surpassed his undeniable excitement was his knowledge of everything about this new school. It was almost like watching him head off to the first grade again. Next year, when we take the twins to their school, I’m sure it will be much different from their first day. Watching these three human beings transition from dependent, curious minds to independent, explorative minds has been nothing short of incredible for me. And now I find myself wondering, how will my twins deal with the empty chair at dinnertime this year? How will I react when all three chairs are empty next year? This year is the last first day for my wife and me. From then on out, back to school is in the hands of our children.
Until next time; Eye’ll see ya then!
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Journey to the Great Backyard Finish the Summer With a Family Camping ‘Trip’
advice for building the perfect campfire at REI.com/learn/expert-advice/ campfire-basics.html .
REMEMBER: IT’S OKAY TO CALL IT A NIGHT.
Summer is drawing to a close, but there’s still time to make some great memories. Camping trips are a summer staple. Fortunately, you don’t have to drive hours into the mountains to find the perfect campsite. Your backyard is right there waiting for you! Here are a few tips to help your family say farewell to summer with a perfect backyard camping trip. Your back door is literally a few yards away, which can be great in the event of an emergency. But if the kids are running in and out of the house all night long, they might end up deciding they’d rather be inside playing video games after only an hour. Be sure to pack everything you would need if you were really going into PACK FOR AN AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE.
the woods for the night so no one is tempted to go back inside. This means tents, sleeping bags, flashlights, pajamas, books, binoculars, a compass, water
For kids, the most exciting part of camping in the backyard is getting to sleep in a tent — that is, until they actually have to sleep. After stargazing, some kids will want to stay up all night whispering and giggling in the tent, and that’s great! But other kids might decide they’d rather sleep inside, and that’s okay too. Your camping trip isn’t a failure because everyone spent the night in their own beds. It’s not about where everyone sleeps; it’s about how much fun your family had together before bedtime. The best part of backyard camping? It doesn’t take a lot of planning. Just grab your gear and your family and hike out into the great backyard.
bottles, and a cooler of food with snacks and dinner. Treat this like a “real” camping experience right from the beginning!
FIGURE OUT THE CAMPFIRE.
Don’t have an in-ground fire pit? No worries! You can still enjoy hot dogs and s’mores with a charcoal grill or a store-bought fire pit. If you have enough room in your backyard, you could even try building a bonfire. Just make sure to check your city ordinances and get any necessary permits first. You can find
FOODS FOR YOUR EYE CARE DIET Do You Get the Nutrients Your Eyes Need?
When you think of eye care, what comes to mind? Glasses? Lasik? Contacts? While all of those are common answers, eye care is not just for those with vision impairments. As a matter of fact, by implementing an eye-friendly diet, you can promote preventative maintenance and negate the need for glasses altogether. Here are some must-have foods for your eye health.
combat free radicals and can reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
CITRUS FRUITS AND PEPPERS
Foods like oranges, grapefruits, and peppers can support healthy eyes by providing Vitamin C, which is proven to help the capillaries of the eye by reducing redness and strengthening the vessel walls to prevent future damage. It also promotes collagen formation, which is essential for the cornea. Many regular diets struggle to consistently provide nutrients that are necessary for eye health, which is why we are proud to offer ocular nutritional supplements. Each specific formula has a proven combination of vitamins and minerals that can help maintain your vision. Reach out to our offices today to learn more about how a healthy diet can help your eyes stay healthy for a lifetime.
Omega-3 and other nutrients found in fatty fish such as salmon and tuna can have a significant impact on your eyesight. The fatty acids that naturally occur in fish are proven to help with cataracts and other harmful eye conditions associated with aging.
Fresh vegetables are densely packed with nutrients that promote eye health. The antioxidants found in leafy greens specifically
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MR. BOND, I PRESUME?
3 Unforgettable Frames From the Bond Movies
James Bond has been redefining style for decades, with each movie updating its interpretation of modern aesthetics. From Sean Connery’s clean-cut suits to Roger Moore’s famous ski wear and Pierce Brosnan’s casual clothes, every interpretation of Bond shows his iconic bravado. And of course, there are the cars … oh, the cars. But the one item many people forget about is the eyewear. Bond movies have seen some of the greatest glasses of our time. Here are three of them. BORIS GRISHENKO While droves of people aren’t going to mimic the Russian computer technician from “Goldeneye,” his eyewear is undoubtedly a defining trait of his character. The round spectacles worn by Alan Cumming were indicative of a trend happening in the late ‘90s. The brand DKNY embraced the movement and made quite a few frames that had small, circular lenses. MAX ZORIN Christopher Walken has had many iconic roles, but portraying a Bond villain will always hold a unique place in any actor’s filmography. “A View to a Kill” shows classic Walken as he portrays a former Russian KGB agent whose objective is to cause a massive earthquake that will wipe out Silicon Valley. While he had an eye on the San Andreas Fault, his vision was filtered through some of the coolest aviators around.
BOND’S X-RAY GLASSES When you think of Bond, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is his gadgets. Well, in “The World Is Not Enough,” Pierce Brosnan combined a high-tech gadget with one slick pair of frames to make for a truly memorable scene. The square blue lenses he received from Q function as X-ray vision specs, which he uses to scope out the room for threats. Just as the characters in Bond movies make a statement with their eyewear, so can you. Even if you don’t wear glasses, blue-light frames are a great way to try something new. With most wearers using blue-light glasses only at work, the commitment isn’t as substantial — the second you’re finished with your workday, you take them off and head home. Whether it’s blue light or traditional lenses, reach out to us today for the latest styles. We’ll help you release your inner Bond.
HAVE A LAUGH
Summer GRILLED HALIBUT
INGREDIENTS • 4 boneless, skinless halibut fillets, about 5 ounces each • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling • 1 lemon • 2 pounds mixed tomatoes, sliced • 1/2 cup hearts of palm, drained • Basil leaves, for garnish • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
DIRECTIONS 1. Lightly oil grill grates and heat grill to medium. 2. Grate 1 teaspoon lemon zest onto halibut fillets. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 3. Grill halibut, turning just once, for about 5 minutes on each side. 4. In a mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, hearts of palm, juice from lemon, and oil. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Garnish salad with basil. Spoon salad over grilled halibut. Serve.
Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine
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Inside This Issue The Last Back to School PAGE 1 The Best End-of-Summer Activity PAGE 2 The Eye Care Diet PAGE 2 Eyewear From the Bond Films PAGE 3 Summer Grilled Halibut PAGE 3 Shadow: The Hang-Gliding Service Dog PAGE 4
MEET SHADOW: The Amazing Hang-Gliding Service Dog
For his entire life, Utah resident Dan McManus has suffered from several mental health issues, including generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, night terrors, and severe panic attacks. Over the years, he’s utilized numerous coping mechanisms to stave off the symptoms, but there are two things that calm him more than anything else: hang gliding across the Utah skies and the companionship of his service animal, an Australian cattle dog named Shadow. Over the course of 37 years, McManus went from being a hang- gliding hobbyist to an expert instructor in Salt Lake City, going out gliding as often as possible. But it seemed that his passion gave his pup a bit of anxiety of his own. Whenever McManus would take off, Shadow always wanted to chase him. “So I would be out here flying, and he would chase me and jump up at me and sometimes get my foot and hang on a little bit … It felt like he wanted to keep me safe,” he says. And when he left the dog at home, he’d often come home to a scratched-up floor and doors. It seemed that Shadow couldn’t bear to be away from
his owner. So, about 12 years ago, McManus had a special harness made for Shadow, enabling the pup to join him while he took to the skies. They’ve been side-by-side on nearly every flight since.
Some pet owners might balk at the idea of taking a dog on a hang glider, but it’s clear that, in this case, Shadow
definitely wants to fly. Whenever they go out, Shadow wraps his paws around McManus’ arm, remaining stoic as they survey the landscape together from high above. While we all struggle with our own obstacles in life, it’s nice to know that our canine pals will always be there to offer their furry support. As McManus and Shadow demonstrate, it’s a bond that remains strong even hundreds of feet above the ground.
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