Summer is near an end, the weather starting to cool off and leaves have begun changing colors. It’s that special time of the year that has every parent celebrating and every kid in a whirlwind of emotions.
It’s time to go back to school.
Back in the day, I used to have a love-hate relationship with the whole idea of back-to-school. It was a mix of emotions, contradictions and inner conflicts. Am I depressed that summer break is over? Am I excited to see my classmates? Am I nervous for a new beginning?
As I look back on my days as a student in grade school and high school, I get this nostalgic fuzzy and warm feeling inside. I guess that must mean that I miss school, or at least have fond memories of my adolescent days.
And that’s my main message to you all. Kids, listen closely. Parents, make sure your kids are listening.
School is fun! In fact, school is the best part of anyone’s life, it’s all downhill from there. As a kid, all that is expected of you is to behave well and learn as much as your mind can absorb from 8 to 3. It’s that simple. No bills, no mortgage and no mouths to feed. Your paper route, summer job or weekend busing tables is all you need. Play a little hooky, get into some trouble – but not too much! Enjoy the time you have with your friends, as the years go by you naturally lose touch with some of them. Study hard and get good grades, but remember that grades aren’t everything. Straight A’s aren’t worth a thing if you don’t have friends and experiences to balance it out. Make a mistake or two, just try not to ruin anything that can’t be replaced, your life, for example. And the high school drama, it never ends. Break a heart, get your heart broken, fight with a friend, hug it out, try out for the school basketball team, be a lead in play, to sum – do whatever makes you happy. That’s the whole point of school! Broaden your horizons, gain new experiences, learn new things and find out who you are and what you love.
Trust me, time flies whether you’re having fun or not, and there’s nothing you can do about it. You might as well enjoy the ride… so, to quote the great Billy Madison (played by the even greater Adam Sandler),
“Back to school, back to school, to prove to dad that I’m not a fool.
I’ve got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight,
I hope I don’t get in a fight. Back to school, back to school…”