August 24, 2007

Back To School

I am now the proud daddy of a first grader.

School started on Wednesday, and we successfully figured out bus schedules and pick-up locations and our lunch number and the friends we'll play with at recess and made new friends...

There is something exciting about starting a new school year. Besides all the social reasons--Kaylea's favorites (friends, lunch, recess, art, music, and PE)--there are numerous opportunities to learn and you get a clean slate.

Sometimes I want to modify a workout routine, or a dietary habit, or change something about the way I live, and I want to make my changes at a memorable juncture--like the beginning of a month, or my birthday, or the beginning of a new year. And I overlook the incredible gift and opportunity of each day.

In "Dead Poet's Society", Robin Williams infuses passion and hope in his students with the phrase "Carpe Diem"--Seize the Day. Seize today. Live today.

In the Bible, God says that his incredible love and compassion and mercies are created new every morning. Just like starting over.

Kaylea's excited about school and all the things she'll learn and playing with her friends, and especially the monkey bars. She's already got new callouses forming.

I'm hoping to break in a few new callouses following today too.


Stacey said...

Aw she's adorable, Ethan. Give her a high five for me, okay?

Thanks for thinking of me. We did a little mini vacation and then Cody's Sunday hasn't happened for awhile, eh. Well no worries, we've been gearing uppp for the big Saturday event tomorrow. And we. will. winnnnn at all costs. xoxo

Stacey said...

Oh yeah! Good job posting the photos, you're professional and stuff.

I'm homeschooling Alex this year...very excited. It's Teri's fault.