The lazy days of summer are gone. There is no rewind button.
We're into our 2nd week of school and suddenly we've become a slave to the calendar -- back to school nights, parent meetings, dance team practice, club activities, and football games. We are booked. It might sound like I'm complaining but I'm not. It's a big year for both of our girls; senior year and freshman year. I am determined to be plugged in for everything with each of them. I don't dare miss a single thing because there is no rewind button.
We also did a senior portrait session last week. We've only been given a sneek peak but we absolutely love what we've seen so far. Senior year activities are making it very clear that there is no rewind button.
Senior parent meetings this week reinforced the fact that there is no rewind button. High school counselors have informed us of important deadline dates for ACT testing, college admission forms, scholarship applications, etc.
And as big as the year is for her because it's her last year of high school, it is just that big for her sister too as it is her first year of high school. As I said, it's the 2nd week of school and already I have witnessed multiple bittersweet moments where I've caught myself near tears.
Day 1 as they loaded up in the car to leave for school, I suddenly realized that for the first time in 12 years I don't have anyone to take to school. The sound of their laughter and singing together that morning was music to my ears but the fact that I was by myself made it bittersweet. So glad we took advantage of our mornings together all those years because....yes, there is no rewind button.
And seeing my youngest leave the house in her dance team uniform fills me with pride. She loves being on that team and it is evident by her smile. I've watched countless run-throughs at home and each time she's wearing that big smile. First day in high school and she performed at an all school assembly; nothing like starting right out of the gate, huh? Hearing her tell me that she wasn't nervous and she did great brought a smile to my face.
Like I said, I'm going to be plugged in this year for every.single.event because in 4 more years I'll be well aware once again that there is no rewind button.