Forget New Year’s. This is my new beginning. Autumn means clean paper, freshly sharpened pencils, and brand new backpacks. It means an empty calendar, just waiting to fill with school events, fall sports, and extra-curricular activities.
Now is the time for leaves to fall down before coming back again later. I’ve spent 9 months falling apart and now is my chance to come back. Better than ever. We’re resetting our evening routine. I’m reorganizing my school supplies. The girls are beginning all new activities.
They’re making new friends. Starting new classes. Beginning new sports. Learning new skills. And, growing up. As the new season approaches, we’re planning birthday parties and family celebrations.
November, December, January – that’s the order of my birthdays. Youngest to oldest, Autumn to Winter.
Even though it rearranges the calendar, in my head, our year begins now. My family calendar runs August through December of the following year. It arrives just in time to be filled in with school dates and extra-curricular activities. I won’t have to hold onto all those papers until the new calendars come out for January.
And, if I’m a little behind in updating it next year, I have a built-in grace period. On my to-do list this weekend is the annual calendar update. I’ll transfer birthdays, go through the school calendar, and add sports and events we already know.
For anything that is only tentatively scheduled, I’ll add a Post-It flag to the calendar. That way, I can move it later in the year when the date is firm. It’s a system that took years to perfect, but now we have it down to a science.
I’m excited for the weekend project, when I crack open a blank calendar just waiting to get me organized. I get to wipe the slate clean. Start over again. Finally get it together this time. September is here.
And, it’s my do-over.