Tomorrow is one of those days when the sun will shine a white light that will dim out anything unimportant, and will bring up that one particular item on your plate that has been staring you in the face… whether you’re ready or not! Tomorrow the benches in the park will be bare and blue and the echoes of summer laughter will bounce off every empty corner. Tomorrow, the day will start much earlier than it should, and will go on way past the time it should have ended…I guess it could easily be called the longest day!
Tomorrow a bunch of little feet (and not so little ones, too) will trample all over the newly waxed floors of their school, marking their passage with streaks from a thousand new sneakers… Tomorrow, for about an hour, the beehives will look frivolous, and the fear will be as tangible as the school walls. Voices will cover each other and tears will roll down wrinkled and young faces…the chaos will rule! For about an hour…
Then silence will take its place and the walls will dissolve, the cries will subside, and the curiosity will take the place of anxiety in the little hearts. Wrinkled hearts will be heard throughout the day, thumping loud, fast and scared. What if?… The minutes will crawl, the outer sounds will be muffled….the eyes will watch the clock.
For those of you who don’t take a child to school tomorrow, if you see your colleagues acting like this, forgive their passing mood. Those of you who have been there, or who will be there for the first time tomorrow, remember to breathe! They will be fine. And so will you.
Have a great first day of school! And a fabulous year!