On the calendar for tomorrow? The first day of school. As you can see we are prepared. Homework station ready, pencils sharpened, new backpacks hanging on their hooks.
New school years are like new years with their resolutions, hopes for the future, and do-overs for the mistakes of last year. Of course I want to be more disciplined with homework, bedtimes, structure and healthy meals this year. As I type this the lunchboxes are on the kitchen counter waiting to be packed with healthy snacks, the first day outfits are laid out, teeth have been brushed and we are on target for bedtime. But I know ahead of us we will have those mornings. The mornings that the kids got out of bed late, the lunchbox still holds yesterday's trash, one of the kids can't find shoes and another one just remembered that homework assignment that was due today. Those mornings will come. My hope is that I can be calmer about them!
There is something promising about a fresh start, a freshly sharpened pencil, a freshly made bed. So I welcome this new school year and hope that mom and kids alike can try our best to do our homework, eat our vegetables, and show each other a little grace on the "not so fresh" days.