Confession: I was never one to really love school. But I do admit, I love the school calendar. There’s something about the excitement of starting fresh with a new school year in the fall that I still love, even all these years after graduating. There’s also something exciting about this time of year, when students are starting to wrap up their school year. It’s been fun to go to restaurants and walk around the city and see families celebrating someone in a cap-and-gown. And when I drop my son off at school in the morning, I can tell everyone (kids and teachers) is excited about the summer ahead.
New Year’s gets so much attention as a time to set resolutions and make changes, but I’ve always thought that the school year is a great time to do that, too. At the beginning of a summer, we have a perfect opportunity to evaluate successes and challenges of a school year—and to think ahead about how to make changes in the year to come. Sure, summer should be a time to hang out, enjoy, and truly take a “vacation” from work and school. But 3 months is a nice long break. There is a good chance you can find some moments during the summer to reflect on making changes or simply take note of what you want to do more or less of in the new school year.
Jayger is an only child, so he hasn’t had the experience of having an older sibling graduate and leave home for college. For many families (including mine growing up) that bitter-sweet moment of one child or sibling leaving the nest can be unsettling for the younger sibling(s). It can be an emotional and difficult time for families, especially when there is pressure to be excited and celebrate the beginning of a new chapter. But saying goodbye can be challenging.
Keeping balance this summer is important. Its easy to get off balance without the same routine that school provides. And I get it… it’s summertime! So play, travel, relax, get adventurous, see friends, see places, but one this that must remain a focus is family. Especially if one family member may be leaving for the next chapter.
So, with all this talk about school years and summers, I just wanted to take an opportunity to wish all the graduates and students and big congratulations on a successful school year. We here at Tickle Water applaud you!