Well, it's that time again... the most wonderful time of the year according to some parents (and TV advertisements). It's time for children everywhere to come back to school. On these beautiful end of summer days, teachers are scrambling around with books, papers, computers... and kids are running around like little crazy people!
The other night all the kids came to school to get their new books and to check their class lists to find out which teacher they have and who is in their class. I was excited to see them with their too long hair and crazy summer outfits. I could predict who would show up and who wouldn't have any books until they got to school the first day. However, I was wrong about one student.
I watched him walk into the hall where we were selling the books and he went to see his class list but before he got there he saw me and ran over. I was so surprised. He isn't the type who really cares about school or does any extra work or activities or hangs around when he doesn't need to be there. Without any thought he came over and hugged me and said he was excited to come back. I never expected that one! I touched my heart to see him excited to be back at school.
There was one day last year when a few students, himself included, were stranded by their bus in the snow. We had a pretend snowball fight in the classroom with some foam balls I was using for a class project. I think that made them all feel special and important - and I think everything else comes easily from their.
So please pray for me as I prepare to continue with these wonderful children through another year of their formation as strong Catholic young men and women.