Depending on where you live, the month of August or before or after the Labor Day holiday mark the beginning of the school year. It is the end of summer and time for families with children to embrace the routine of school life. More than birthdays and anniversaries that are celebrated on different dates for each family member, the return to classes is one day of the year when we stop, observe and chronicle the passage of time for our children. This past week Facebook’s news feed has been filled with similar photos of students and their siblings standing dressed in their new outfits with backpacks on, ready to go.
Each year at this time connotes a benchmark of growth, both in size and in maturity. Although traditionally we remind you to write a Legacy Letter around the holidays, this time of year lends itself very well to write a short note to each child. You can save these letters for them to read perhaps at the end of high school or college, a milestone in their education. It can contain words of encouragement, your hopes and dreams for them, as well as how you have seen them grow from one year to the next. This process can be a rewarding collection for both parent and child. Whether they are just starting out in kindergarten or already in their last year of high school, it’s never too late to take the time to mark the passing of these precious moments.
Congratulations to Mom and Dad. You survived the summer! Hope it was a great one. We wish all new and returning students a wonderful school year filled with life-wisdom and joy!