by Dick Buckingham
That means different things for different people.
For parents, the experience is bitter sweet. Yes, it is nice to get back to a routine where you as the parent are not the only caregiver for your child all day long. Now you are able to have a bit more freedom to pursue and enjoy things that went by the wayside during the summer. But there is also the hectic schedule that is just beginning. Not only do your children need dropped off and picked up from school, but their lives are suddenly filled with piano lessons, soccer practice, dance class, and on and on. Instead of slowing down, it seems like you double down, and go twice as fast to twice as many places. And, on top of that, is the homework. Yes, it is your child’s homework, but you know very well how much help they will need and require from you. Mom, dad, hang in there. You will be amazed at how quickly this season of life passes you by and it is over. Enjoy these days with your kids and look for ways to make memories with them that will last a lifetime. Do your best to slow down once in awhile and take it all in. Laugh often.
For me, back to school is all of these things. I am sitting here today realizing that since I was 5 years old, I have been going back-to-school in one of these roles every year of my life with the exception of 2 or 3 years. I was a student through high school, then college and seminary. Very shortly thereafter, I began to teach and have been doing that for the last 28 years. In the midst of all of that, my three boys started many years of school as they completed their education. As I have grown older, I still feel that anticipation of a new school year. I still long for the first day when students and teachers come together and set course on another year of learning and discovery. It truly empowers me to prepare classes that I may have taught many times, but now for a new group of learners. I can think of nothing I would rather be doing today than going back-to-school. May God in His mercy grant me many more years to participate in this wonderful process of beginning anew!