|A pic i took during my last days at school (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
When September comes I invariably think about school. It's not just the store back-to-school specials or seeing the kids hitting the sidewalks with their backpacks or even my teacher wife returning to work after her summer vacation. After all I spent a goodly part of my first 18 years attending school. The cycle of years has ingrained that innate sense of the school season arriving.
Now September seems to fly faster than I can grasp, like a playground merry-go-round that is revolving in child time leaving an older less agile me unable to jump onto it. These days I am more content to watch the darn thing spinning than actually ride. Still, ride I do. My mind and body feel slower but the time keeps getting ahead of me just dragging me along with it.
But when I was a child and then later a teen, September seemed like a thousand months. At least while the month was passing. There was so much to do and so much to absorb. New faces in the classroom, some who might become friends. New teachers and new curricula. Homework and tests. In high school there were the football games that I never attended but was well aware were going on because everyone else seemed interested and the evidence was everywhere in the hallways and around the campus. Days grew shorter and nights became cooler.
Soon September was over and I had adapted into the routine of another school year. With the arrival of fall came the burst of color of the turning leaves. November was on its way and that heralded the coming of Christmas with another long vacation. Still, before we allow October to get away there is one more thing that was especially important in my life during grade school...
Halloween was coming!
And now with September nearly gone, once again I'm about to arrive at October. This year, as in the past seven years, Halloween doesn't mean that much to me. Oh sure, there are the advertisements about seasonal costume shops popping up here and there. There are the special candy displays in the stores. I've been seeing Halloween decorations in various yards and business establishments. None of it matters now--not like it once did...
...to be continued
Do you still associate September with the start of school? What was your favorite time of the school season? How involved were you in school activities?