Time disappears as though it is set on a fast-forward motion of speed. The calendar reveals that school has been out of session for two full months but in some sense, it seems as though the carefree days of summer break just began.
Activities keep us so busy that we barely notice how quickly life passes by. Break officially begins in the month of June but we stay busy with ballgames, fair projects, graduation parties, summer school, and so on. Enter July and we think life might slow down a bit and perhaps it does in ways, but still the fast-forward time warp ushers the month out in what appears to be record time. We move on.
I enter the season of this new school year with mixed emotions. As a parent of a recent high school graduate, I am days away from sending my son out the door to new college adventures. I’ve been in this place before but it never gets any easier to realize the changes ahead. I’m excited for him but, at the same time, saddened to see him go. The immediate dynamics of our family setting will change not just for me, but for his siblings as well.
It’s a reflective time to be sure but one that will have a happy ending even though it may begin with a heavy heart. Adjustments to our new roles will come and more than likely, they will come in fast-forward speed. We will all be busy moving on by acclimating to new routines.
A new school year keeps everyone busy getting used to the changes. The most difficult aspect of the process is adjusting the sleep routine for younger kids. Late nights and lazy mornings for them are gone for another school year. Daylight savings time keeps kids and adults up a little later in the summer months here, where the sun sets a lot later than it does in the Eastern states. It’s not easy or natural to go to bed when it’s still light outside but with school starting, we must try.