Another summer is about over. Labor Day is less than two weeks away. Fall will officially arrive on September 22nd. 

It’s the time of year when this one-time schoolteacher becomes nostalgic.

I’m not saying I’d want to be back in a classroom again. Not with the challenge of teaching today. 

Still, once the back-to-school chatter begins, a part of me misses the excitement of starting a new school year, setting up my classroom, and seeing the eager young faces. The freshness of a new beginning.

Last Monday, when the dogs and I were out on our daily sunrise walk, we spotted a school bus, I swallowed the lump in my throat brought on by my memories.

busThe three of us paused.

walking dogs in TaosI said a prayer that it would be a “really good year” for the bus driver, the kids, and the teacher waiting in the classroom.

May all the students, teachers, and staff who began a new school year this week or will be going back to school over the next few weeks have a safe and productive new school year.

welcome bk to school

YOUR TURN: Do you miss school days?