Back to School, Taylor Swift, and New Beginnings
This morning our nieces headed off to first (how?) and fifth (basically impossible!) grades. Thanks to Carla, Felicia, and Jackie, Freed Marcroft now has two kindergarteners, a first grader, a second grader, an eighth grader, and a sophomore in our extended brood.
Thank goodness for summer — for Kristen and me it inevitably means more time with our nieces and nephew. This year we were heavy on beach trips. The annual family pilgrimage to Cape Cod, of course. Plus, multiple trips to Watch Hill where we accomplished two critical agenda items: (1) such high-quality bodysurfing that we snapped two boogie boards and (2) lunches at the Ocean House with strategically placed tables providing the girls a clear view of Taylor Swift’s house.
Summer 2016 was fabulous, now we are at the first day of school. As Taylor tells us: “This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”
I loved going back to school. Love, love, love, love, loved it. Loved new backpacks and folders and teachers. My only beef, if I’m being totally candid, was that the hot early September weather never matched my fantasy of heading to the bus on a brisk morning wearing a kilt and a sweater for the first day back. (Not that it stopped me from wearing plaid anyway.)
I have a theory that all those years of school hardwired something into us about this time of year. More than January 1st, even, back to school is an annual opportunity for new beginnings and fresh starts not limited to kids. It is no coincidence that Fall is when companies traditionally ramp-up hiring and launch new products and when adults commit to new things — whether that be taking a class or joining a gym. And yes, around this time of year, Freed Marcroft does see an uptick in folks seeking our help to adjust their family structure, whether it be a parenting plan that needs clarification or a more major family restructuring.
All of our best to your kids — and to you — as we head off to our new beginnings.
May we all be our best yet.
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