This morning, as students and teachers head back to school, I hear in my head the cheesy “back to school” song that was featured in Grease 2. I’m also realizing that I forgot to call my high school to let them know that I won’t be coming in today (even though I graduated well over 10 years ago, I still call our attendance secretary at the start of every school year to let her know I won’t be coming in. Thankfully she let’s me off).
I always loved the first day of school. Or maybe it’s just fresh school supplies. Or fresh starts. The first day of school, you haven’t screwed anything up [yet], you have all these fresh pens and pencil crayons. If I close my eyes, I can still feel that excitement I had opening up my brand new pencil case and taking out a perfectly sharpened pencil. How I had decided that I’m going to write super neat in all my notebooks (hello OCD at a young age). How I was going to do all my homework, do all my assignments perfectly, and be amazing. Well, I got the amazing part right at least.
This year, as I scroll through my Facebook and Instagram, and see all my friends kids (when did I get so old) going back to school, I can’t help but feel a bit envious that they’re going to be feeling the “back to school” joy I used to experience. Maybe this also adds to the fact that fall is my favourite season. I still get to hold on to that (but it’s not hear here – hello heat warning in Toronto).
As I sit here, sipping my green tea, I’d just like to remind you to cherish these back to school moments because they slip away so fast. This week, I do have a bit of a “back to school” moment, however I’ll be on the other side – teaching (that’s a whole ‘nother post) and I am starting a new online course today, while I have to catch up on another one I’m enrolled in (did I mention I enjoy always having something on the go – which explain’s today’s jam-packed-schedule).
Cheers to the 2016/2017 school year! May it be the best one yet!
Always, Amanda xo.