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Too Fast The Start of the School Year and Growing Up
When I was a kid, this time of year was a drag. The long summer break was coming to a close, meaning I had to start going to bed early, bid farewell to my summer job (and its paycheck), and drag myself into another school year. My kids have had a completely different experience. Thanks to the shortened summer breaks our district uses today, my kids have been in school since early August! While my younger self probably would have resented the shortening of my vacation, I have to say, it’s hard to dispute the benefits. For one, my kids have a far easier time getting back into the rhythm of their school schedules, since they don’t have the time to develop many summer habits. And if we’re being honest, it’s far too hot during the summertime for kids to get out and play much anyway. Having an extra few weeks added on to winter and spring breaks is the kind of luxury I wish I’d had when I was their age. But the biggest benefit of all is that my kids are actually excited to go back to school — each and every one of them. I’m not sure if this is all due to a shorter break or if they just love learning, but either way, I’m not complaining. Gabe and Bella are in the fifth grade this year, Sophie is in fourth, and Zack is now going to school with the big kids as a first grader. Sending them off to school last month, I was painfully aware of just how fast time is passing. It seems like just yesterday that we were dropping the twins off at preschool for the first time. My wife and I thought it was a relief when we finally dropped the twins off without any drama. The grass, of course, is always greener on the other side. Boy, was that a production. Picture both 3-year-olds screaming bloody murder, clinging to my wife’s and my legs for dear life each and every time we dropped them off! My wife and I thought it was a relief when we finally dropped the twins off without any drama. The grass, of course, is always greener on the other side.
By the time Zack was old enough to start preschool, he was raring to go. Wanting to fit in with his older siblings, he’d dance around the house chanting, “I get to go to schooool” over and over. Dropping him off, we couldn’t cling to him if we’d tried. He sprinted off to meet his teachers and make new friends. That was particularly hard on my wife. We almost missed the teary goodbyes. Now all four kids approach school with a healthy enthusiasm. The twins are loving band practice, with Bella learning the saxophone and Gabe taking percussion; Sophie has a tight- knit group of best friends she loves to hang out with inside and outside of school; and Zack barreled into first grade with his trademark enthusiasm! Part of me wishes they all weren’t in such a hurry to grow up. The older I get, the faster time seems to fly by. It seems like every time I turn around, I’m asking “So, are we ready for Christmas?” yet again. But my wife and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We’ve always approached life as a roller coaster, seeing every twist and turn as part of the ride. And when it comes down to it, the best roller coasters are also the fastest.
Here’s to a great ride,
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