Our last long weekend before the start of school was the sort of glorious weather that makes everything better. There were blue skies with gentle breezes and perfect temperatures. I spent the days alternating between some of my usual back-to-school chores and soaking up the last bits of unscheduled time.
Late Friday afternoon, I sat out on the back deck under old man tree for more than two hours, finishing one terrific book and then starting another while I enjoyed an adult beverage. The light was perfect and the time was a reminder of all the things I love best about summer.
No doubt I'll miss these relaxed days when school starts in full force later today. But summer wouldn't taste so sweet if it happened all the time. The energy and excitement of kids in the hallways gives cadence to my days and motivates me. And so I face the day - and the school year - with a feeling of promise.