Another September another set of new shoes new school supplies new chances to learn to make friends to grow. Every year the excitement builds the summer speeds by in a frenzy of popsicles, bicycle rides and blue skies the relief at the end of school soon gives way to anticipation. What will my teacher be like they ask What will the kids in my class be like they ask Will I have fun they ask all good questions that September will answer. Every year is a chance to be the new kid to reinvent, rediscover A chance to redeem what might have been left from last year a chance to do better, do more to see possibilities. For the past 9 years I have sent my children off for their first days their chance to be the new kid our nerves all jangly wondering about all those questions that will now be answered. This year I will be the new kid though not so new in many ways and something I have not been for a long time I already have some of the answers I’ve already lived through many first days and survived even with the jangly nerves. This year will be my year to reinvent my career path to rediscover the student in me to redeem past failures that should be seen as experiences but still sting. This year we will be shopping together my children and I for new shoes new school supplies and waiting for the chance to make new friends and grow. Another September but this year we will all share our first day jangly nerves for the same reason and my children and I will grow together even more.