Saturday, August 1, 2009

Thoughts on the Upcoming School Year


I can't believe today is August 1st! Where did the summer go?? It quickly evaporated like water spilled on a hot Georgia sidewalk.



This is Tax-free weekend. The time when hordes of people descend on the malls and office stores and large discount stores in search of deals on school supplies and clothes and shoes. Those lazy days of summer are gone, replaced by the hectic days of getting ready for school to start.



Today is the turning point. The time when we turn our backs on summer and begin to watch the new school year come up over the horizon. A new year -- full of new hopes, new dreams, new schedules, new routines. A year where we will be more organized, more diligent, more productive, and even have time for the books and subjects that we never had time for before . . .



Ha! I no longer fall for that trick! I have been at this long enough to not have unrealistic expectations for this new school year! I know that it will have the same old interruptions, crises, and unexpected twists and turns as any other year, and unfortunately, I will be the same imperfect teacher with the same imperfect children! My only hope is that I have learned to navigate the curves in the road with more patience and wisdom, and that, perhaps, both teacher and students will be somewhat more mature and demonstrate just a bit more godly character than last year!



But, there is just something about the sight and the smell and the feel of crisp, new books; fresh, unused notebooks; stacks of clean, white paper; nifty, new planners; and long, freshly-sharpened pencils with the erasers still unused, that inspires hope and anticipation and expectations about the new school year. I can't help but hope that we will be a bit more disciplined, diligent and focused this year. Even the children have expressed hope that they will write more neatly, and pay better attention, and do ALL of their homework this year. It is just part of human nature to hope to do better than you did before. Isn't that what keeps athletes competing and chess players scheming and little children climbing back up on a bicycle that they just fell off of?



"Where there is no vision, the people perish . . . " --- Proverbs 29:18.



So, we do have hopes and dreams for this approaching school year. We hope to do a little better on the things that really matter. The three R's are important, of course, but my real desire is that I will write indelibly on the tablets of my children's hearts a love for God and His ways, a zest for learning, and an appreciation for home and family that will carry them through life. In that regard, I hope that this is our best school year ever!



6 comments:

Karen said...

I love your perspective, Elizabeth, that is as fresh as that white paper and those clean erasers. It's somewhat freeing, isn't it, to aspire to hopes and dreams for our children and ourselves, while allowing the freedom to fail, only to find Jesus in the midst of it all?
I'm with you all the way, as we all begin again, taking yet another step forward, for His glory.

Love and big hugs,
Karen

Lainie said...

I just realized that your blog wasn't updating on my blog roll! I've missed so many good posts! I just bought all the fun supplies this past weekend. Then I spent the next few hours fighting the children off saying "Not until the first day of school!"

kristilea said...

Mine did the same thing. I just thought you were a busy bee and didn't have time to post...now all of a sudden, I have tons of your posts to catch up on. Oh, blogger.

I can't believe how fast the summer went either. We started school today, and it was a good day. Now just 195 more to go! I'm actually glad to be back at it...my kids were way too bored!

Noel said...

It is exciting to start a new school year - good luck!

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

WOW! and double WOW! What an awesome, well written, inspiring post!!! I only had a second to check your blog, but can't wait to read the rest of your recent posts!

You go girl! I so totally 'get' what you are saying here! Have a great day!

Vivianna said...

Perfectly stated...

Blessings,

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