Back To Reality

“There are no happy endings.
Endings are the saddest part,
So just give me a happy middle
And a very happy start.”

~Shel Silverstein, Every Thing on It

We had a wonderful time visiting Ward and Wendy in Florida. I was reminded of how exciting spring break feels when you are exiting a cold climate for a much warmer one. We packed in as much as we could in five days, which made it even more difficult to leave and head back to Canada.


Tomorrow Sophie starts her first day of public school and while she is beyond excited, I feel like I may pass out. I know once she gets home and shares the details of her first day, my mind will be at ease, but until then, my body is firmly set on forming an ulcer.

Again, I’m grateful for Sophie’s optimism because it makes a big moment like this easier, especially for us. I pray that the Canadian welcoming spirit and overwhelming kindness we have felt since moving is also evident in a middle school.

It’s back to making lunches, nightly homework, early bedtimes, setting alarms and learning to navigate the pick up/drop off traffic mess in the parent car queue.  To avoid messing up or losing my child, I will do the first day arrive super early and hangout with three kids in the van routine. Thankfully, when the weather warms we can walk to school.

Tomorrow is also a big day because we are closing on our new home! More details to come…

2 thoughts on “Back To Reality

  1. Betsy: I sense good things are right around the corner as spring emerges at your latitude. I am grateful for how you hold it together and how the children feel loved. The thought of walking to school cheers me up.


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