A few years back an office/school supply store ran an ad featuring a parent and two kids shopping for ‘back to school supplies’. This popular Christmas song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” played in the background. The parent was in ecstasy dancing up and down the aisles dropping pencils, notebooks and backpacks into a shopping cart while the children (one boy, one girl – of course) followed behind, arms crossed, sulking and dragging their feet. Pretty clear message, if I do say so myself.
Anyway, for me, it really is a wonderful time of the year. While my eldest is now school age, I’m happily going to officially start homeschooling her this year. Sorry indoctrinating, French, socialist, public school in town; I have heard too many bad things about you. And I will begin teaching at the College this academic term for the first time since the birth of the twins! Classes started and we are now a few days into the school year and I’m thrilled. I have students from France, England, Spain, Malta and South Africa. They have so much potential. I just love teaching; I love the former students returning with big smiles, I love meeting the new ones with shy promising faces, and I love the eager look of anticipation and hope on all those faces when I begin a new year with them.
So while I’m sure that I don’t share the same reason for my joy with the parent in the commercial mentioned before, at the end of the day we are both pretty darn happy this time of year. So cheers to happy parents, joyful teachers, and young minds all thirsting with the expectancy and love of learning that only the opening of a new school year can bring!
The photo I have put in this post is just one of the three of us looking happy. As it turns out my camera is back in the U.S. where we spent our summer holidays with my family. All my photos were deleted somehow and so I left it in the capable hands of my Dad hoping that he will be able to recover the lost photos! Until then happy new school year!