Summer’s over. The vacation is quickly becoming a sweet but distant memory. School bus schedules have been memorized; uniforms have been replenished, repaired and are hanging in the closet. I’ve bought some new lunchbags, pens, pencils, binder paper. It’s the start of the new school year and for many parents, the real New Year.
The new school year brings excitement, some anxiety and so much hope for the future. Will everyone do well this year? Will they be happy? #2 and #4, undergrads in nursing and social work, respectively, are both looking forward to their placement year. #5 has a big year with high school graduation and university applications. #6 knows he has to pull up some of his high school marks. #7 and #8 are looking ahead with plans for Halloween costumes, which school teams to join and who their teachers are. #1, a journalist, and #3, a social worker, are steadily building their reputations and work experience in their careers. There’s a business trip ahead for my beloved. My business is thriving and there’s another group of First Confession/First Communion candidates to teach every Saturday morning at my parish church.
So life is bursting at the seams. Everyone is going to hit the ground running once the first school bell sounds. Even as we get busier, my hope and my prayer is that we don’t lose sight of what’s most important – our family and our faith life – because no matter how successful this year may be in terms of grades or business, worldly success is fleeting. It doesn’t last. What have we gained if we lose ourselves and God?
Whether you’re getting ready for another homeschool year or waving your kids on to the school bus; whether you work at work or work at home; whether there’s big changes coming or you’re maintaining the status quo, I wish you a great year ahead.
Get the job done. Do it well, but never forget Who and what are truly important. Happy New Year!