It’s the most wonderful time, of the year, the tongue-in-cheek commercial jingle chimes from the television as two rapturous parents load up on school supplies in front of glowering youngsters dreading the return of the school year.
It was a funny twist on the return to school and the usually-Christmas sentiment when the commercial spot appeared a few years ago.
But, of course, the return of the school year is a mixture of blessings, dread and opportunities for parents as much as for students. Despite the expectation of freedom the advertisement expresses, the beginning of the school year is a busy time for everyone in the family.
Not only are classes starting up for students but so are sports, dance, arts, music, youth activities. For parents, as well, there is a line up of classes, fitness times, volunteer organization meetings and much more.
The beginning of the school year is a time for parents and other adults to begin their “new year” of activities as well.
Add to that the fall birthdays that have to be celebrated in an around the busy fall schedule – a schedule that summer birthdays aren’t pressured by.
In short, back to school is a busy time for all. Despite what the ad implies, it’s a wonderful time for many students as well as other members of our community.
Take time out during this busy period to appreciate the opportunities living in our community provides and take time out for a breather here and there as an individual and as a family.
Meanwhile, with our kids trundling back to classes, be especially aware when driving on our streets as youngsters flood the sidewalks and trails to their schools.
Keep an eye out for not only the bleary-eyed youths making their way back to school but also for their equally-bleary-eyed parents driving them.
Let’s make this a safe and happy school year for everybody. Good luck to all of the students in School District 71.