Just like that, the 2017-2018 school year is underway in Muscatine, Wilton, and school districts throughout Muscatine County. Contrary to popular belief, teachers and administrators have been hard at work over the past few months for this week! I imagine for some parents this is a huge relief and that the structure a school day provides is something they welcome.

In my house, we still have one more week before my eldest, Henry, starts kindergarten on the 28th. I’m having a variety of emotions as we continue getting ready, the majority of which are all good because I know how much Henry will grow and learn this year. I imagine it will also be a bit emotional for my wife and I (I’m not opposed to talking about feelings or even shedding a tear) as this signals that our little boy, who was just crawling around the house, is now at school for the entire day.

Growing up, I was the kid who looked forward to seeing my friends and getting back into the routine of going to class. Everyone had those friends you only saw during the school year, that for whatever reason, when you were on break, it was as if they left town. The only stress I can recall connected to starting the school year for me came during 7th grade, since my family had moved from one town to another. I was the new kid but fortunately, thanks to my mom, I made friends ahead of the first day. The other occasions were starting at the massive public high school that I went to and my first morning as a freshman on the campus of St. Ambrose University.

I hope this week goes smoothly for parents, teachers, administrators, bus drivers, volunteers, and everyone else connected to the different schools across Muscatine County. There will always be a part of me that wonders what type of teacher I would have been. When I began my journey at St. Ambrose, I was a Secondary English Education Major with hopes of becoming a high school English teacher. While that didn’t happen, I still retain the utmost respect for our teachers, who work each day to educate our children. Maybe someday I’ll become an adjunct professor of communication at Muscatine Community College.