This year is my last “back” to school. Youngest is a senior this year. Therefore, next year we will be going for the first time rather than heading back anywhere.
The high school mailing came this week. I already had vacation days, late starts, and finals on my calendar. But this week, I added senior parent night, senior awards night, graduation practice, and graduation. The year flew before my eyes.
When you have kids you know in advance that they will eventually leave you. But it’s hard to believe the time is almost before me when hands-on parenting won’t be part of my daily life. Of course they’ll always be my kids, but they will go on to jobs, friends, and families of their own. As I wrote in return, they will come back here, but this won’t be their home anymore.
Maybe, after this year, I won’t miss going “back.” Instead, I can enjoy remembering the past as I look forward to the new chapters in their lives. All these years of back to school, driving to practices, and orthodontist appointments along with shared meals, game nights, and family trips will be the strong foundation on which they go forward in their lives.
May we love the season we are in now and anticipate with joy the next. For even in our going back we are actually beginning something new.
Note: No 2019 picture yet. Wisconsin doesn’t start school until after Labor Day.May we love the season we are in now and anticipate with joy the next. For even in our going back we are actually beginning something new. #backtoschool #parenting Click To Tweet
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