A big part of the summer is officially over:  Today was the first day of school.

I know, some of you who start after Labor Day are thinking, “What in the world???”

My kids officially began 2nd and 4th grade at their amazing elementary school that we love.  It’s a year round school, so we pick up our backpacks a bit earlier, but look forward to a two-week vacation in late September.

But I must admit:  I miss my munchkins.

I know I will soon appreciate “getting back in the swing of things,” but for now, I wish I could hold onto them and keep them from growing up.

Of course, I want my children to grow into responsible, good adults who will leave the home and make a way for themselves.  But I hold in my heart the words I heard in the grocery store today…

We were in the grocery store and Lucy (who thankfully is still home with me) pointed out a couple from our church.  They are retired grandparents.  They said to me, “Treasure these years with your kids.  They are the best years of your life.” 

So in case your child (or children) is getting on your last nerve this summer (which is totally understandable), encourage yourself with that thought.

Someday you will miss hearing those constant words…Mom, Mama, Mommy, MOM!!!!

Anyone who has an empty nest will attest to the sweetness and fullness of the growing up years.

On another note, here’s a sweet idea to welcome back the school year:

Host an ice cream party for your child’s class.  We’ve done this every year since my kids were in kinder.  We typically have it the first Friday night after school starts.  We provide our house, games, bowls and spoons, water and cups.  Other families bring ice cream and toppings.

It’s a great way to connect with the kids and help them to get to know one another.  Plus you get to know parents too!

Yet another reason to celebrate this summer…school has begun!


Arlene Pellicane

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