I have developed temporary carpal tunnel in my right pointer finger this week clicking “like” on so many first day of school photos that have been posted online. I love them all! I love seeing all of my friends’ children from across the world…how they have grown, how excited (or not) that they are to be going back to school, and am continually amazed at how much their children look just like them! Their mini me’s make me smile!
I’ve always loved the first day of school. Don’t get me wrong, I hold a soft spot for summer vacations in my heart as well. But back to school brings new school clothes, sharpened pencils, Trapper Keepers (in my day), teacher assignments, the promise of fall and sweater season, and most of all…a fresh start!
I love natural resets…Mondays, the first day of the month, the New Year, and the first day of school. They all provide for so much promise—a clean slate to start your next “do over”. I’ve been in some process of losing (and gaining) weight my whole life. I know the importance of the do over! Now throw parenting into the mix and I need a clean slate every day—and some days, every hour!
That said, I’m not particularly good at resetting myself mid-day, or mid-week. I really need my Mondays, so I live for them. I look forward to them. I know…I’m not normal, but that’s how I roll. I savor the time when everyone goes back to their “corners” and I have the house/office to myself. I turn the page on my planner to a crisp clean page and sharpen my pencil so I can jump in to the week.
But since there are limited “natural” resets within the year, my goal for this year is to work on my daily reset. I think I’ll borrow a page from Anne Shirley and this will be my mantra…
“Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it… Yet.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
I’ll keep you posted on my progress!