“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I just had a name and address to send it to.” This NY152 (Joe Fox) writes in an email to Kathleen Kelly, as their romance is just beginning in the movie You’ve Got Mail. It makes the start of a new school year sound so romantic, like we all should look forward to the smell of freshly sharpened pencils like we once did when we were kindergartners heading off with a heart bursting with excitement and curiosity on the first day of school.
What does the new school year mean to most of us? Well, for those of us with boys and girls going back to school, it means a mad rush to gather all of the old and new school supplies, backpacks, and shoes in time for the all-important first day. It also means coordinating multiple schedules and carpools, new bus pick-up details, and a new route to work remembering to drop off the kids before you actually get there. And it means new activities, like piano lessons and football practice, gymnastics class and Boy Scout meetings, to squeeze in between homework marathons and gathering items for show and tell.
In the midst of all of this craziness, may we remember the best things about fall. Like taking a drive on a deserted back road in Door County with yellow leaves drizzling on your windshield. Or taking the last walk in your favorite woods with all of the shimmering reds and oranges swaying to the rhythm of the breeze. And using all of your senses as you stare into the last bonfire, tee off on your last hole of golf, and cheer the weekend away at a Badger or Packer game.
So go ahead, take it all in, the best season in Wisconsin. Engage your family in all that autumn has to offer, storing up the physical, mental, and emotional energy that the beauty of fall bestows, savoring memories along the way.