Did you scroll through social media on Thursday?
If so, then you probably were inundated by first-day-of-school posts. Pictures of school-agers filled timelines, highlighting what every elementary-aged child wanted to be when they grew up and how time was a cruel monster, signaling how parents couldn't believe that (insert child's name) was now in (insert grade here).
And I'm not just pointing out other people. I also was in this mix.
That time portal does offer some perspective. The world has changed drastically since my mom videotaped us with my grandfather's hand-held, bulky camcorder, on our way to school. And by "way to school," it was all a mirage, since my mom was a teacher, so we had to fake our way to school the day before to get the action on tape.
What will happen in the following decades? Who knows what some person on whatever social media channel available will create, thus developing the most hip way to introduce your child's entrance into the next grade.
What the first day of school does present is the familiarity that comes with school being in session. The daily struggles of morning have returned. For weeks, I've quietly gone about my morning routine, not worrying about rushing my children to a specific location.
I didn't quite get the memo for day one of school, so let's just say the routine will have to be adjusted in the coming days, weeks and months. Earlier start times have cramped my style a bit, but I do enjoy getting the day started earlier. It's just now I have to deal with the mad dash in the morning an hour earlier, with children who don't necessarily always enjoy being ripped from bed before the sun rises.
Either way, though, it's hectic and usually includes me shaking my head in disbelief before the clock strikes 7 a.m.
It's not just the morning routines that have me ready for the school year. The heavy presence of police near schools in the morning reminded me that speeding through school zones has to be on a hiatus until next summer (just kidding), and most importantly, to keep an eye on children walking in the morning and afternoon.
Sometimes children don't always obey the rules of the road when walking, so keep an eye out for them as they also are adjusting to their new routine.
After a summer full of fun and lack of routines, I'm looking forward to more schedules. It's difficult once we're in the weekly mode of rushing children here and there to every activity known to man, but it's refreshing in a way.
I'm sure in a few months I may be singing a different tune, but as most parents, there comes a time when structured bed times and something to occupy our children's time becomes necessary for sanity. It's nice for the short time to be a little looser with the strict time regulations necessary to be a parent, but it's time to get back to normal.
Another year has come for school, so I'll enjoy getting back to routine and attempt to keep my cool rushing my children to school.
Scott Levine is the Associate Editor of the Clinton Herald. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.