“Back to school”

This week is my back to school week.  There is no literal school involved at all, I no longer work in a school and my own school days ended 30 years ago.  Nevertheless, this time of year fills me with the anticipation of a new start, so my thoughts are turning to new challenges.

Which is in itself a challenge as I am trying to not take on more things, but to create space in my week, where there is nothing scheduled.  So classes in machine embroidery or ceramics are not appropriate – however tempting they may be.

Instead, I am turning back to all the things that have been abandoned over the summer.  

I lifted the lid on the piano last night for the first time this summer and am committing to a lot more practice this term.  The laptop has come out this morning, and typing this blog feels like heading back to a good routine after such a prolonged break from it.  The end of this week sees various Scout meetings to plan new challenges and I have an autumn of Scout training ahead of me as I really start to get into a new role.  I have rejoined a book group I had taken a break from, the next book to read has been ordered from the library.

My new term will not contain anything new, but picking up the things I let drop over a long summer feels exciting anyway – after all I know I love doing all these things.  Children’s return to school may involve a new school, teachers or subjects, but ostensibly they are heading back into a familiar routine, so my back to school is not too far from reality.  Now, all I need is some new stationery and a new bag…

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