Our school year begins tomorrow, August 15, 2016.
I have attempted to declutter our school area, I’ve compiled work samples from last school year,
I’ve purchased new curriculum, and lesson planned.
I’ve even painted the kitchen and dining room where we do the bulk of our learning.
Each time I walk into our dining room, I pass our beloved calendar as it hangs on the wall.
And each time I glance at it, I am reminded of how much we need to replace it.
Those thoughts are always quickly pushed aside and replaced with other thoughts.
Thoughts like, “I would need to laminate a whole new set of numbers.”
Or, “Those calendar sets are so expensive.”
I have even gone to the teacher supply store to purchase a new set, but came home empty handed.
So, I continue to look at our tired wall calendar, with its tattered edges, staple holes, and tape marks.
I sigh as I look at the numbers that cling for dear life onto the date boxes.
And then it happened……
We were shopping at Target last week, browsing the school supply section.
I had a new calendar set in my hand.
Reluctantly, I put it in my cart and continued my shopping.
I eventually purchased it and brought it home.
As I was laminating the numbers, I began to get lost in my thoughts.
(don’t you do your best thinking when you laminate? haha!)
Why did I always have a difficult time replacing this calendar? It’s JUST a calendar!
You’d think I was giving away one of my kidneys!
And yet, to me it’s more than that.
You see, when we took the plunge into homeschooling, this calendar was one of the first things we purchased.
We brought it home and I proudly displayed it in our kitchen.
I have taught each of our boys their calendar facts on this wonderfully bright treasure.
There was a time when their chubby fingers would clumsily place those numbers on the boxes as we sang the Days of the Week song.
This calendar, with its colorful stars, has hung on our walls for 9 years.
When I look at it, I’m reminded of a different time in our lives. A time when homeschooling was new and our boys were small.
And it’s difficult for me to let that go.
I LOVE where my boys are today, and who they are becoming.
Yet I’ve always loved the sweet reminder of a simpler time that has hung on our walls for so many years.
So, with a big sigh and deep breath, I’ll take down our well loved calendar and replace it with the new one.
It’s a start of a new year, and a new time in the lives of my family.
It’s a fresh beginning.
And you know what? I am so excited to see what is in store for us!