JOHN NORTON COLUMN: Falling back into school routines

Pioneer Publisher John Norton

Ferris students begin classes today, my daughter starts tomorrow, and by next week, all area students will be back in class.

Back to school time is a special time. Most kids are excited to get back with friends, to participate in sports and other school related activities. Being married to a teacher, I know area teachers have been busy readying their classrooms and lesson plans to ensure a smooth start to the year.

And, of course, kids and parents pick up supplies and new clothes. Backpack. Check. Glue stick, scissors, markers, compass, folders, notebooks, Check, check, check.

I peeked at our daughter’s list supplied by her teacher. It also included a USB flash drive, a protractor and a scientific calculator. Welcome to middle school.

We’ll soon all get back into our regular routines. School, work, homework, sports and more. If you’re like us, things tend to get very busy. But I think busy is good.

So buckle up, school is here. Summer is over.

That’s OK. Of all the seasons, autumn is my favorite. I love the cool nights for sleeping, the leaves changing and the sounds of marching bands and football each Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

The salmon will be running, golf courses aren’t as busy, there’s salsa to be made and other goodies from the fall harvest to enjoy. I’ve had some fresh peppers, tomatoes and sweet corn this past week. Pumpkins will be getting ripe and Halloween is right around the corner.

Fall means vacations are over but holiday family gatherings are on the horizon.

Fall means the Lions start (and usually stop), the pennant race heats up (Go Tigers) and smack talk between MSU and U-M fans begins (Go Blue). Fun stuff.

I think it’s been a great summer. Yes, July was dry and humid, but we sure have had plenty of sun and lots of very nice days.

But now the days are getting shorter. Changing of the seasons always gets me a little pensive … I guess it’s just another reminder that time marches on.

Fall is a time of transition. And the start of school starts the change.

The wheels on the bus go round and round.

John Norton is publisher of the Pioneer. Contact him at jnorton@pioneergroup.com.

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