“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver
I keep surprising myself when I peek at the calendar and realize we’re almost to Labor Day. Thus, marking the end of the summer that wasn’t here in Minnesota. Seriously. We had so much rain and cold in May and June that summer didn’t start in earnest until July, at which point the onslaught of heat and humidity was only broken and punctuated by severe storms on an almost weekly basis. Now, as August bleeds into September it’s settling down and cooling off slightly, so does this signal the end of summer?? After the winter we survived this year, I know we are ALL hoping this isn’t so.
Either way, our family is trying hard to savor the nice days since we know at some point our luck will run out. This week we took a nature walk at a park near our home, the girls were equipped with notebooks (to draw pictures of interesting things they found), a magnifying glass (to examine leaves, sticks, and insects more closely), and a bag for collecting any pretty rocks or neat leaves. Precious!
But, whether we like it or not, autumn is in the air and along with it, the back-to-school season. For our family this year fall means sending our oldest daughter off to kindergarten. I got the idea to make an actual Kindergarten Countdown Calendar with our daughter after reading a good article on BabyCenter about preparing for this big transition. I explained the concept of it to her and then we got to work – decorating with glitter, stamps, stickers, crayons, and markers. She had so much fun making it, and we’ve been enjoying crossing off each day and watching with excitement and anticipation the approach of the “big day” (September 8th). Make no mistake, we’re both a little nervous as well, and I know it will be an emotional day for both me and my husband as we set our baby out into the world as a big kindergartener with a new teacher, new classmates, and lots of new experiences. Best of luck to all of you other parents, let’s hope we can hold it together!