BY: Tanya Calendo, CGLS Principal
I blinked and summer was over. Yesterday, my oldest son walked out the door a high school freshman and tomorrow the other two sons begin their 7th and 4th grade years at Christ’s Greenfield. I had great intentions for the summer and maybe you did too. Maybe we didn’t do everything on the “list”, but I do have a lot of sweet memories.
It’s not too late to create one last summer memory. There’s Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, so why not School Year’s Eve! I hopped on Pinterest and apparently I have been missing out on this holiday for years. My first thought was, “Oh, no! Not one more thing to do!” But then, some of the back-to-school ideas caught my eye as quite interesting. Here’s just part of the list.
- Dinner Party: Every child picks a favorite item for the menu. At my house, it would be a meal of steak, ice cream, and Chick-fil-a waffle fries.
- Fashion Show: The children model their back to school outfits. I have boys, so like, this is not happening.
- Special Breakfast: Make a special breakfast for the first day of school. The other day I made eggs and bacon, so we are good for a while on a “special” breakfast.
- Photo: Take a first day of school photo of your child. Hey, I do this one! We will have a photo booth in the school lobby at CGLS for the first day, so be sure to take your child’s picture too.
- Back-to-School Fairy: If you leave the door to their bedroom cracked open, she drops off fun school supplies and a note. If I leave my coffee mug out, do you think she would leave it filled with a tasty treat for me?
- School Supply Scavenger Hunt: Hide the supplies around your house and have the children find them and pack them in their backpacks. Ok, this sounds cute where the backpack takes the place of an Easter basket, but I don’t feel like finding a 24-pack of crayons in February in the couch cushions.
- Water Bomb the Bus: Meet the kids at the bus stop and water bomb them with water balloons. What?! I think I would have nightmares if someone did this to me. Pinterest is not always right.
- Boo Hoo Breakfast for Moms: Moms get together to cry tears of sadness or joy that the first day of school if finally here. CGLS hosts a Boo Hoo Coffee for the first day of school. It is a great time for fellowship, but we find that many more parents cry tears of joy than sadness!
Here are two of my own traditions that were not on this list.
- The night before school starts, I go into their rooms while they are sleeping and pray over them. I ask God to watch over them all year and that He bless their friendships. I also ask God to take good care of their teacher(s). I add special prayers for each son because my mama’s heart loves each one so much. Yes, I always end up crying.
- We go out to lunch after the first half-day of school. Sometimes we go with buddies, but most of the time it is “just us.” If I wait until dinner to get the scoop about the first day of school, no one is in the mood to chat. Here’s my chance to hear all about it when it is fresh!
No matter what your traditions may be, cherish the night before the first day of school. Believe me, I know that it can be hard to do that when you are trying so hard just to get everyone in bed before midnight. Remember, children are a gift from the Lord! Keep repeating that phrase to yourself and you should be good to go.