See You In September

It’s gone.

It just walked right out.

August is no more. Summer is packing it’s bags and Atumn is moving in. I’m okay with that, though. Fall is my favorite. Warm days. Cool nights. The window open. Me cocooned in blankets. DW freezing because I’ve got all the warmth in my cocoon. Fall is fantastic.

Fall brings baseball post-season, football, and all things pumpkin spice. My Orioles are contesting for a wild card spot. While I’m not all that into pumpkin spice, I could eat my weight in pumpkin pie. Dump a tub of whipped cream on top and I’m in my glory.

September isn’t just for ball games and pumpkins, though. September is also for the return of school days. While challenging, the rewards are phenomenal. Getting the kids to bed when they’re used to to summer schedule bedtimes is like hostage negotiations. If you offer too little they’ll refuse slumber. Offer too much and you won’t be able to keep your end of the bargin. They will remember everything you offer too so don’t even think about sweetening the deal in hopes they’ll forget. It’ll be the first thing they ask for in the morning. If you can’t deliver they’ll never go to bed again. Ever.

Besides bedtime, there is also the joy of back-to-school shopping. I get more than a little giddy when I see aisles and aisles of back-to-school supplies. Brand new pencils with no teeth marks. Markers with all their caps on tight. Paper so crisp and clean waiting for a math problem or an essay or notes on history, science, or passed to friend asking them if they can sit together at lunch. Folders and binders in more colors than a rainbow can offer. There are fresh, clean glue sticks not yet dried out, full of glitter and dirt and half eaten.

I know the back-to-school supply list can seem a bit archaic. It can also get a bit pricey. I’ve seen various parents rant about how expensive it can be. They question the supplies that are asked for. While I can’t speak for all teachers, I can speak for myself and the ones I know. We don’t ask for things we don’t need. But as one mother put it in her rant, “You want a microwave for your classroom, I’ll get you a microwave! Here, I’ll get you a pillow, too!” She was thankful teachers took her kids for the day. Parents seem to be thankful for school to start again because it means their kids aren’t at home driving them to Crazyville, Insanity for what they think is a good time. What they forget is the flip side of the coin. The teacher doesn’t have just their kid. They have 20-30 other kids, too.

If you’re the kind of parent who understands the plight of teachers, slip in a gift card for pumpkin spice latte or a medium large bucket o’coffee with those back-to-school supplies because you’re over the Walmart excited for school be to back. And because it’s not just the kids who are going back to school.

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18 thoughts on “See You In September

  1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I love it when school starts . They don’t eat the house down and leave so many glasses and dishes in the sink 😍

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      • You just need to train them πŸ˜‚ I trained them from when they were in grade 1-2 first to fill their water bottles then gradually by grade 2-3 make their own lunch. I’d get all the ingredients and line them up and they’d assemble their own sandwiches.

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      • I’m working on it. The problem here is that they rarely get homework. Maybe if they don’t finish something in class they bring it home. But RARELY are they assigned homework. I could get them to pack their own lunch. That’s my mission now πŸ˜€

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      • Over here they get homework every day. We’d help them when they were younger . The study is a long bench and they all sit there in a row . At our place they come home from school and they have free time . Grab a snack watch TV then it’s homework. As we have dinner around 730pm as a family .
        It stuck .We live on top of the business now and we could have dinner at 630pm but I still can’t get myself organised. I do early dinners on Mondays so my boy can go to tutoring at 730pm but hit and miss. He has a pie for afternoon snack so he can wait if I don’t make it on time.

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      • I’m not sure if the homework will change (ie start getting it when he gets older). He’s going into 5th grade this year and I’m expecting him to get homework. I was expecting it in 4th grade, too, but that rarely happened. WOW you guys eat late! We eat around 5 and then by 6:30 or 7 the kids are winding down for bed πŸ™‚

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      • Yes we eat late it’s because hubby used to get home late and well we’ve always had dinner as a family ever since the kids were little. It’s when we discuss topics that’s important ie drugs, gambling or current affairs. The only other time we get with them is in the car on long trips. It’s when we really hear how they think about issues.

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  2. I think slipping in a pint of rum would be a good idea (assuming it’s consumed after school hours) πŸ˜‰ At my kid’s open house, we had a parent be downright rude about which supplies were needed, and this was from a very basic supply list. Grr…

    I’m looking forward to fall, too. It’s definitely my favorite season!

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  4. Buying new stationary for school was something I always looked forward to as a child when the new school year was approaching. I have so much respect for teachers and everything they do – you deserve that pumpkin latte!xx #blogcrush

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