No, I'm sad because I always want to accomplish so much more than I do. I wanted to spend more days in the sun, more time at the beach, read more books than I did, visit more places than I have. But then again if I had done all these things, I would be sad and frustrated that I didn't work on enough school related things and I would feel totally unprepared.
It's all about balance. Something I will forever be chasing.
In the meantime, please share in my farewell to summer and welcoming of school, fall, the smell of sticky notes and sharpened pencils and that amazing feeling of the first blank page of a brand new notebook.
By Judith Viorst
One by one the petals drop
There's nothing that can make them stop.
You cannot beg a rose to stay.
Why does it have to be that way?
The butterflies I used to chase
Have gone off to some other place.
I don't know where. I only know
I wish they didn't have to go.
And all the shiny afternoons
So full of birds and big balloons
And ice cream melting in the sun Are done.
I do not want them done
by Eve Merriam
Vacation is over;
It's time to depart.
I must leave behind
(Although it breaks my heart)
Tadpoles in the pond,
A can of eels,
A leaky rowboat,
Abandoned car wheels;
For I'm packing only
A month of sunsets
And two apple trees.
The First Day of School
by Aileen Fisher
I wonder if my drawing will be as good as theirs
I wonder if they’ll like me, or just be full of stares
I wonder if my teacher will look like mom or gram
And I wonder if my puppy will wonder where I am.
Close the bar-b-que
Close the sun
Close the home-run-games we won
Close the picnic
Close the pool
Close the summer
Mondays with Mandy or Mira consists of Mandy Yates and Mira Reisberg. Mira is the founder of the Children's Book Academy and was so impressed with Mandy when she was a student in one of the interactive courses, that she invited Mandy to share the blog. Mandy has as an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University and has been published multiple times in Highlights Magazine. We hope you enjoy and find our offerings helpful.
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