IMG_1601Another year has come and gone. I don’t find myself marking the passing of time on New Year’s Day, but instead with the start of the new school year.

Every summer flies by but this summer was truly the blink of an eye. And it scares me that this is the new norm. My two precious daughters headed back to school this morning – both to brand new buildings.

My oldest daughter drove herself to senior high school in our district that splits the grades between buildings (9 and 10 in intermediate high school and 11 and 12 in senor high school). Yes, she drove herself and I kind of have no words for that.

My youngest enters middle school this year and the challenge is that she is not just heading to a new building but to a new middle school for our family due to our school district’s ill-conceived redistricting plan. But that’s another subject for another day.

But I have only one wish for my two girls as they start off another school year. Have fun and enjoy every moment. Sure, work hard and do your best – but to me that’s the sub headline. Time goes too fast to not enjoy every moment that you have and there’s no better time to start thinking that way than when you are young and your whole life is ahead of you.

I’ve written before that I’m a sentimental dad and this year is no exception. We had an amazing summer filled with great vacations and lots of family time. I worry that summers like this are dwindling and that embracing the opportunity to travel and enjoy each other is more important every day.

So to my girls and all who have gone back to school today or will do so in the coming days, I wish the same – have fun and lots of it. Let yourself be a kid because you have plenty of time to be a grown up. Enjoy every moment. And be happy.