Every new beginning
Comes from some other beginning's end
(Lyrics from "Closing Time" by Semisonic)
As Christa stated, it's been 517 days since normal school.
Along with countless others, today is a new beginning for these four:
I'll be honest here and say that I'm having a tough time with the transition. I got used to, and looked forward to, having them here twice a week. Now I have to figure out again what to do with those two free days. I was used to being a steady part of their lives. Kids are busy. I feel like I'm mourning the loss of those times together, but I do know that we will make it a priority to schedule individual and group time together. They need to be in school. They need to be with their friends in person, not faces on a screen. We made it through a year unlike any other. I'm so happy they are back in school and I know they are as well.
We did go back-to-school shopping the other day. It was hot but fun, and I think they are mostly outfitted for awhile.