The world for our children has been on pause for half a year. Any other year, they would’ve returned to school by today. They may only be sort of starting by the end of the week, but it clearly won’t be the same as it has in the past.
Today our oldest attended a virtual orientation. Tomorrow our middle goes to school for an information session about the new protocols and on Friday our youngest does the same. Every year, my wife likes to take a photo of the kids in our front yard getting psyched about the first day back.
Today, we didn’t do that for our oldest. She is in post-secondary school and is more adult than child. But I still want my wife to take photos of the other two. It’s a tradition I want to keep alive even in these uncertain times.
Did you still take first day of school pictures this year?
Yesterday was the first day of school. Only it was just one hour of school. Not really a “day” to speak of really. But the kids enjoyed seeing their friends and smelling the hallways once more.
My wife even took the obligatory “Seeing the kids off on the first day of school photo“. This year was of the car as it drove off. That’s because our oldest has her driver’s license and the other two are both in high school now. This meant we didn’t have to spend the “day” waiting for them. It’s bittersweet in a way. But for this year, my wife and I won’t have to spend 40 minutes in the morning and 40 minutes in the afternoon driving.
Huge sigh of relief.
Today is a real day of school. Now starts the hard work and education.
As Labour Day draws to an end, I look at what it means. Today is a day to appreciate the eight hour work day and the five day work week. Brought to us by Unions. Unions brought Canadians The Canada Pension Plan and Maternity (Parental) Leave. Unions continue to fight for fair wages and livelihoods of people. Whether you work for a Union or not- somewhere, somehow, what you enjoy today was brought to you by a Union.
Tomorrow is the first day of school. The teachers are unionized and have fought for better class sizes and more assistance in the classroom. A couple of years ago in BC, the school year didn’t start on time because of the battle between the Teacher’s Union and the government. People were angry at both sides that their children were caught in the middle. An agreement was reached and educating the children went on.
Where I work, we have a pretty darn good Union. I’ve been a part of a Union before, but I never really saw the benefits- probably because I was too young and lived paycheck to paycheck. Now, I fully appreciate what my Union has done for me. Both before I joined as well as since I’ve joined.
Maybe today’s blog post sounded a bit preachy. Maybe you agree with me. Maybe you just want to enjoy another three day long weekend. Whatever your Labour Day entails, remember not to wear white after today. Time Magazine explains that one…
Hey, if you love working, check out the episode of Adam Ruins Work. You’ll thank me because it’s a funny show…
Crap. Where is summer going? We are in the last two weeks of summer vacation for the kids. Seven weeks have already passed and it feels like we need to squeeze in more activities to end 2016 on a high note.
The start of summer was laid out before us with ideas and plans being made. Some things we did, others were put by the wayside. A last minute camping trip made it in last week- much to the joy of my children (and my wife was pleasantly surprised that she liked it as well). But what to do with these fleeting days before the hustle and bustle of the new year (admit it, you feel like the year begins in September, not January just like I do) takes over our lives?
I’ve complied a list for myself- because I love lists and crossing things off.
Read a book or two.
Hit the beach early in the day.
Take walks with just my wife.
Enjoy some casual last minute meals with friends.
See my family.
Enjoy a nature hike.
Take more photos.
See more of British Columbia.
My list seems doable. I should be able to accomplish my goals in a fairly stress-free way as well. Here’s how I plan on meeting my goals:
I love reading, so not watching Netflix before bed is how I will accomplish this.
Just waking up and getting out the door before the crowds hit the beach. Perhaps calling it a day by lunch will ensure this to happen.
This is a no-brainer. No excuses here.
“Whatcha doin’? Let’s meet up.” Done.
I don’t see my mother or sister on a regular basis since they moved away. Perhaps taking the initiative to do so and putting our differences behind us will help in achieving this more often.
I have the shoes, I just need a little push.
My iPhone is more than just Facebook and Pokemon Go. I should take more pictures of life to remember the good times.
This Province of ours is amazing. Forests, mountains, lakes, beaches, people… Getting up early and hitting the roads will help out. Some money for gas and a map is all I need.
I also love hearing about places and events going on around us. If you have anything to share, please let me know. Or if you want to meet up, shoot me a message. These are the last few days of sunshine before autumn enters and the busy life kicks in.