All around you can see parents with their children at the mall doing back to school shopping. Some students have already started classes. Television and newspaper inserts are filled with back-to-school sales.
Teachers who have not begun the new year are having in-service this week. I’m sure that most are as excited about the beginning of the new school year as are the students.
For forty years I was included in this excitement. Since I retired in June, I am no longer a part of getting ready for the new school. Instead, I am getting ready for the first day of retirement which will be on the 26th. I consider the time between my formal retirement and now just another summer vacation. When the school bus drives by my house and I am home to see it instead of at my desk waiting to greet a new batch of students, then it will hit me. It is really a strange feeling.