Aug. 7, 2019

School Starts Again, Ready or Not!

“You know it’s time to go back to school when you hear parents singing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” George Washington Carver

‘Twas The Night Before School Started

‘Twas the night before school started and all through the town,

Parents were cheering, it was a riotous sound.

By eight the kids were washed and tucked into bed,

While memories of homework filled them with dread.

New pencils, new folders, new notebooks too,

New teachers, new friends, their anxiety grew.

The parents just giggled when they heard of this fright,

And shouted up the stairs...Go To Bed, It’s A School Night!” Author Unknown

That’s pretty much what’s happening all over the place this week and next. Up the street where granddaughters, Jessie and Emily live, they have been to the Start of School Splash swim party this afternoon, showered, shampooed and are already in bed as school starts for them tomorrow.

This seems somewhat unbelievable to me as I went to school in the prehistoric era, just shortly after the Jurassic age, when school got out in June and started up again the day after Labor Day. Jessie and Emily have been out on the town since early May and go back today, August 7th. While I’m reminiscing, and maybe you remember it this way, too, school started at 9:00 and went till 3:00. These girls are yanked rudely from sleep at 6:00 a.m., are on the school bus about 7:10 and on their way home shortly after 2:00.

We’ve bought new backpacks, tennis shoes, shirts with unicorns, flamingoes, hedgehogs and  positive statements emblazoned across the chest. We’ve made sure there are plenty of socks and underwear, and will be ready to invade Target when the new teachers pass out the lists of All The Supplies You Will Need To Survive 4th and 6th Grades.

Yes, school is starting again tomorrow. It’s been very pleasant to start the mornings around 8:00 when people really wanted to get up, pleasant to send the girls off to Vacation Bible School, various Art Camps, go to the movies, spend a week at the beach, just hang out at home and not feel any pressure.

A Parent’s Back to School Prayer

Dear Lord, help them find where they need to go,

And go only where Your will leads.

To lead boldly, even where few will follow, and follow only the path You reveal.

Reveal kindness to those who yearn, yearn for excellence in all they accomplish.

Accomplish in themselves the promise of all You’ve given.

Give them a desire for truth and passion for real learning.

Have them learn to give, to love, to forgive and encourage.

Stay by their sides and light up their souls,

Fill them, guide them, protect them and enliven them.

And by all this have them become the masterful creations You formed

And longed for them to be, even in their mother’s womb.

“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord,

“Plans to prosper you and not to harm you., plans to give you a future and a hope.” 

Jer. 29:11

Yes, school starts tomorrow and our hope above all else is that everyone they encounter will be kind. God bless them, every one.