Ha! Success. My new blog look is up, I finally won over the evil that took over my blog the other day. No bees...yay.
I have a new playlist too. A few songs that are about school. The first one I find particularly sweet. Then I selected some songs that were #1 on the billboard charts when I was starting a new school year, a new grade. There were a few I wanted to put on, but they werent available due to rights and permission and all that crud.
I love this time of year. Since I became a mom I love it even more. Not because my kids are back in school and I get a "break", because I don't really. Im at work anyway during the day. Its my husband that gets the break. I love it because I love all the things that go with the school year. See, once upon a time (a long, long time ago), I thought about being a teacher, even though I really didnt like school all that much. Im not sure why it crossed my mind, but it did. I think its because Ive always liked kids.
When I was childless I used to envy those women who had kids in grade school...it must be nostalgia related or something..and I think now the start of the school year signals the start of a time when possibilities abound. Maybe this is the year someone will make a new friend, a best friend that lasts a life time, or maybe this is the year that a certain subject or interest will click and put one of my children on the path he or she is destined to go down.
It means soon the air will be full of wood smoke, and pumpkins will be out, the air will be crisp but not yet cold. Halloween, a favorite of mine, right around the corner. Scary movies, trick or treat; more candy for me to steal. This year I will have two boys in football; which means sitting on chairs with blankets wrapped around, a hot cup of joe to take away the fall chill. I absolutely love it and quite frankly Im excited. I like change....sometimes its good. A change of season is good and Im hopeful as I look towards it.
I remember "back to school" time when I was a kid in the seventies and in grade school. I remember the clothes shopping, the haircuts, the shiny new lunch box, the pristine erasers on virgin pencils, the paper full of lines, empty, but soon to hold my handwriting...possibilities. I was always excited for the new school year, until I got bored again and looked forward to summer, and being free. I guess Im a restless soul, always looking for whats next.
This year is a special year though. For many years now, my kids have not been able to go to the same school for more than one year. The new school year usually saw them in a new school, new kids, and sadly, a new family. This year that is different. They will go to the same school they were in last year, see many familiar faces, and they will come home to the same house and the same family. I remember first meeting N, and he told me how nice it would be to be able to go to one school for more than one year, and not have to move. Now he will be doing that; and for that I am excited.