For Jim, it’s back to the familiar. His situation is different, but he loves school. He’s asked every morning since a week or two into summer break if he’s going to see his teacher and aide today, and I can’t wait to see his face when he does.
He keeps surprising me, in a good way, with how much he’s learned. I hope that never stops.
I know that one of these days, we’re going to get the “I don’t wannnnnnna go to school!” or “I don’t wanna get up!’ or whining about homework and tough teachers.
But until then, I’m going to bask in the enthusiasm, the reminder that learning is marvelous and school can be awesome and everything is new to someone.
They are so ready for this.
With the return of school comes the countdown to my favorite season in Western New York.
I love fall. I love the smells, the tastes, the activities ... everything. And I’m busily marking the family calendar with all the things I want to do with the kids.
The usual things: Pumpkinville in Cattaraugus County, near my hometown. (There’s a pumpkin muffin with my name on it.) The Haunted Harbor in the Tonawandas, which we attended in 2011 (scared away by rain last year, but the boys still talk about it). Farmers markets galore. The Museum of Play Halloween party. Howl-O-Ween Hayrides at the zoo.
This year, I’m thinking apple-picking somewhere, since apple pie is an eagerly awaited treat around this household. And there’s always more for Halloween. Maybe the event at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village? Or will I finally get to do one of the historical ghost walks?
What are your favorite things to do with your family in a Western New York autumn? Let me know.
Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @JillKeppeler.