I love back-to-school. I mean I really, really love it.
If my life was a musical, right about this time of year, I'd segue from from "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" to another song I've been humming a little too much lately.
"My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music is one of those classics that most every girl of my generation and before knows pretty well. I have to imagine at one time or another we all sang that song into our hairbrushes in front of the mirror pretending to be Julie Andrews.
Well, now that we get a weekly dose of watching 'real' people break into song mid-everyday moment with "Glee" (today's contemporary television version of life on Broadway-sized steroids), I thought I might inspire some of my Wilton compatriots with a version of "My Favorite Things"—albeit customized to celebrate what waits in store for us now that the kids are headed back to school.
Just sing along to that tune we all know so well, picture yourself in a frock and short cropped hair, somewhere close to the Alps, and follow along. A-one-and-a-two-and...
My Favorite (Back-to-School in Wilton) Things
Smart boards and class lists and who’s your kid’s teacher?
Oh! I heard that that one can be quite a creature!
What can we expect this coming school year?
I’m hot after all the news, never you fear!
A new assistant principal at Cider Mill,
New seats at Middlebrook right up the hill.
What of the PTA at good ole M-D?
Promises this year to be drama free!
Fresh opened loose leaf snapped into ring binders
Alternate pickup notes—here’s your reminder
Bright yellow school buses come up the drive
It’s Back to School Monday, so kids, look alive!
When the year starts
Get on Edline
Make sure everything’s set.
I simply can’t figure out how that site works!
At least the kids can, so don't fret!
Cider Mill starts just so God-awful early
Snooze too much, then you’ll rush, get up, let’s hurry!
Pack your lunch, grab your stuff, get in the car,
Damn! Missed the bus, have to drive, it’s too far…
Back home, the next round begins once again.
Get your gear, all your books, lunch, violin.
Soccer cleats, library books, yessiree.
Wilton kids overload on activities!
When the bell rings,
For the next class,
Check your texts in between
We hear there’s a new thing, (shh don’t tell your mom!)
On the secret teen party scene!
Football and soccer and our fave, lacrosse
Wahoos and gymnasts with nary a loss,
Hebrew school, CCD, boy scouts and fun
Plus tutoring makes sure that you’re number one!
CMT, CAPT and AP
DRP, GPA and SATs
Tenure means nothing compared to these scores
Will the state change that up? Don’t know what for?!?
Last year Irene messed up our perfect plans.
One week delay, then the stuff hit the fans.
Kids were home, powerless, no first day glee,
But this year starts on time! It better! For me!
Stressed from driving
And more to-do’s
This juggle can get me so mad!
But then I remember, it’s back to school—Yeah!
And then I don’t feel...so sad!