One of the my favorite memories about going to back to school was seeing friends again and sharing about summer adventures. The feeling of getting some new clothes because we grew a little taller (or wider); maybe a new hair style; showing off a dark tan if we spent a lot of time at the beach; practicing new routines for half-time shows at football games; all brought an excitement about growing up. And while these feelings are all connected to socializing, even the prospect of taking new subjects was invigorating — okay, only at times.
Anna’s Friends get excited about going back to school too! Here is an excerpt from, Anna’s Friends Save the Animal Shelter:
The light from a rising sun peeked through Anna’s bedroom window and cast a shadow onto her face. Yellow Kitty stretched hitting Anna on her nose with his front paw, then licked her cheek. Anna woke wide-eyed and alert. She immediately felt the butterflies in her tummy. Third grade had finally come, and she could wear her new clothes. The now third-grader threw the covers off her and dashed toward the dresser where she had hung her clothes on the drawer knob the night before. Anna has a place for everything in her room, so she knows right where it is. She couldn’t wait to put on her new dark purple shirt with green trim and matching green pants. It was the perfect outfit to start the third-grade in. The purple shoe laces added a fun touch.
Anna picked up Yellow Kitty and danced around the room singing. Happy day, happy day, it’s the first day of third grade, Happy day, happy day, it’s the first day of third grade. She continued to repeat the chant while she put on her new clothes and tied a green ribbon around her pigtails and the purple laces in her new tennis shoes. The chant melody was just like the one she had made up and repeatedly sang on the last day of second grade when she was ready for summer vacation. But, now the energy had changed, and Anna was ready to go back to school and see all of her friends.
The butterflies stopped flapping their wings in her tummy when Anna thought about Sam (short for Samantha), her older sister, not going to school with her this year. Instead, she felt a tiny bit nervous. Sam was starting seventh grade at the new Junior High School across town; in the opposite direction from Praston Elementary. Even though last year Anna didn’t see Sam much throughout the day, it had been comforting to know her older sister was close by. For the first time, Anna would be all alone without family to call on.
“Jesse is family. He’ll be there,” Anna told Yellow Kitty and smiled when she thought about her first cousin. “And I have Daniel, and Maria, and all my other friends.” The butterflies fluttered their wings again in Anna’s tummy. She finished getting ready, looked in the mirror one last time, and hopped down the steps one by one and into the kitchen for breakfast.
Each of us had a different reason for getting excited about going back to school. These reasons vary based on who we are and what gifts we possess. Some of us are people oriented while others are more studious or quiet. Some leaders and others followers. No matter the reasons, starting a new school can be an adventure!
As parents and educators prepare for the next school season, you are in our prayers for wisdom, understanding, and patience as you guide those precious little ones in new life experiences they’re sure to become engaged in the next 9 to 10 months.