Jan 24, 2019

Lovin' Life 24/1/2019: In Anticipation of the New School Year.

This week I'm loving the possibilities and clarity of empty spaces.  I've been attacking various areas of the house over the last few weeks to both create space and rid the house of anything that isn't necessary or treasured.  My riff on the Kondo-mania that's hit Australia these last few weeks.

School begins for us next week and with it comes the time for me to be an expert juggler and manager of time.  Which uniform for which day, after-school commitments, days for presentations... it's practically a second job keeping tabs on it all.  Hence the need for as much empty space and as little clutter as possible.

The beginning of the school year is also a sharp jolt back to reality for us both.  Bedtime will have to be strictly enforced again and on my part, there'll be less time to faff around in the morning before drop-off and the commute onward to work.  I'll be back on a strict laundry roster.  I'll also be double and triple checking the lunch orders on the computer to make sure I really did click confirm.  I didn't a few times in 2018.....

Yes, like the rest of the nations school parents, there's lots more that has to be done on a daily basis once school resumes.

But I am looking forward to the start of school.  The busyness, the routine, the dramas, the pockets of time I get to do nothing but walk, breath and be below the rustling trees as I drop off and pick up, the chat in the car on the way home.  The days seem more punctuated and less fluid when term begins.

I'm having a bit of a laugh at myself having read that last paragraph back to myself.  It's interesting how life changes your perspective on school.  The things I love about the school year as a parent are vastly different to what I enjoyed most back in the day.  I wonder what Master SSG's take on things will be this year?

It's been a relaxing and productive summer for me and I'm as ready as I can be for the first day back at school.


  1. I don't have kids but even I like the return to school as it seems as if life gets back to normal. Like you I like routines and when the world around me is on holidays I tend to struggle (even though I'm also on holidays!)

  2. Oh I remember those days so well. I loved the school holidays for the break from routine, the sleep-in's, the not having to rush off anywhere, the getting away to the beach or just chilling at home. By the end of the Christmas holidays though, I was ready for them to return to school, and like you I liked a bit of organisation and readiness for the year ahead. All the very best to you both for the start of the new school year! #TeamLovinLife

  3. Ok, so our school years are long gone - Ms T will be 21 this year (how did that happen?) but I recall the same feeling - the relief of the routine. All the best for this year's first days.

  4. I have to admit, I am glad those days have passed for me......mind you Miss WW is currently on her laptop doing some uni prep which she just spontaneously decided to do today. She is heading into her third year, but she does all things that need doing.

  5. I hope the organisation works and the return to school goes smoothly SSG! It's definitely a big life change, but it's nice having that routine! :)

  6. Looking forward to hearing how the first week back at school went! ACT doesn't go back for another week, so we're still well and truly on vacay. xoxo

  7. Back in 'the day' in the US, when I was in high school, I would go to summer school just to have something to do--not that I was that into learning! My, how your viewpoint changes over the years :)


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