Fatherhood on Friday: Smells Like School Spirit
Back To School season is upon us, and parents are mourning the end of summer almost as much as the kids are.
Summer is more than a season, it is a state of mind. Summer takes a load off, and maybe a little more if you’re lucky. For our kids, it is a time of exploration and discovery, but even for those of us that still put in an honest day’s work (give or take), life just feels easier, relatively speaking.
With school starting, it’s time for responsibility to take it up a notch and noses to resume their lean against the proverbial grindstone. Yet, even before the first day of school, the world gets increasingly hectic. The air is ripe with pressure.
Dads everywhere are, or soon will be heavily involved in back-to-school preparations, from registration of classes to tuning up their kid’s first car, buying new shoes and fresh haircuts. The days fill quickly.
While it’s the kids who are facing the biggest change in routine, back-to-school still finds the occasional parent cheering the calendar, dancing behind their forlorn children trudging all the way to the bus stop like some Dickens-themed parade. For most of us, however, it just means more time bustling to and fro and back again. We’ll pass our kids in the hallway, like Ted from accounting.
For parents, the added duties of the school year get right back in the saddle bags, more to carry as we ride through the workweek, chasing Manifest Destiny toward a corner office one cubicle at a time. We’ll have homework, too.
None of which takes away for the wide world of potential that awaits our kids as they embark upon a new year of scholastic pursuit. The end of summer may find dads adding a few more chainsaws to the daily juggling routine, but hey, that’s show biz.
Frankly, we’ve got the best seats in the house.
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- “I hear a prayer in the hopes and dreams of my sons. I hear a prayer in the cheers at a summer rec baseball game or the applause for a middle school musical.” — Bill Peebles, On Writing Without Words
- “A reminder that in all of our wisdom and maturity, it is important to remember the times that we were anything but adult.” — Creed Anthony, Remembering Being a Child Can Help You be a Better Parent
- “But here I am, the boy who lived. Almost dying is a good thing. You earn perspective on what is, and is not, of importance.” — David Stanley, A Report at 60
- “Luckily, the kids had picked up a couple sticks somewhere along the way so they could pass the time fighting to the death over them.” — Andrew Knott, Sometimes Parenting is a Train Wreck
- “What I’ve found though, as I’ve traveled the world with my vegetarian teen and tween daughters, is that there is something for everyone, everywhere.” — Jeff Bogle, How to Travel the World with Young Vegetarians
When it comes to a baby’s first words, some people hear what they want to hear; however, it’s hard to argue with Ray J and his 2-month old, the budding orator. What do you think?
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Originally published at www.dad2summit.com on August 10, 2018.