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August 19, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

August 19, 2012

ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS AGAIN

by Susan Koslovsky

While the weather is still oh so hot, and the date on the calendar still shows the month of August, students and teachers in South Florida will return to the classroom this week. For many down here who have connections with those in the Northeast, the school year seems to start much earlier as many begin the school year after Labor Day. That date seems more appropriate as Labor Day marks the end of the summer season, and the fall is when we all assume classes will begin again. But, two weeks earlier or later, is close enough and regardless of the date, the summer season has come to a close. The beach and the camps will be replaced by classrooms and playgrounds as we watch the children of our communities embrace another year of learning, testing, and growing in so many ways. Changes are constantly taking place in the physical locations as well as curriculum and programming. Teachers will have a new roster of students who they will now acquaint themselves with and make new relationships with over the next 10 months. Parents will undoubtedly send their children off this week with so many mixed emotions filled with nervousness and excitement. They bear the uncertainties and anxiousness their own children will actually feel on their first day of school and for the next few days and weeks as they all settle in to the regular school schedule. It takes teamwork and patience to adjust to a new school term but before everyone realizes it everything will be smooth sailing once again. School zones will once again be activated and manned by law enforcement. Leave yourselves plenty of time in the morning and afternoon to accommodate those traffic zones so you can abide by them and keep our children safe. Remember to give your children time to eat a proper breakfast and prepare for a new day with a positive attitude. Give them downtime after school with activities and opportunities to unwind from their daily grinds. Remember it is not only adults who need that special time, children need that as well. So as you pick up new school supplies, uniforms, and make your schedules for the weeks at school, don’t forget to take pictures, and keep journals to commemorate this time in your children’s lives. Wishing everyone, students, teachers, and parents, a productive, fascinating, and safe new school season. Hold on to the summer memories as you venture to a new season in your lives.

August 12, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

August 12, 2012

AS SUMMER FLIES BY

by Susan Koslovsky

The summer season is just about the same amount of time as the other seasons, fall, winter, and spring yet it seems to pass so much more quickly than any other times of the year. Perhaps it is because summer is associated with vacations more or the school calendar makes it a more dominant block of time. But, travel and vacations take place all year long and we know there are still 24 hours in a day, and about 30 days in a month, yet these time frames seem to fly by so much more quickly. We know the old expression that as you get older time seems to pass at a more rapid speed than when we were younger. Maybe we realize how valuable time is and don’t waste a minute of it. We accept the fact that time is one of our most valuable commodities and make every effort to preserve and use time much more wisely. Busier people find that time goes by at a faster rate and summer can be a very busy time if you have made lots of travel plans. Before you know it you are back home and summer is over. Parents who have their children in all sorts of summer camp programs be them local or away, measure the time they have by the length of those schedules, and plan their work and vacation agendas accordingly. Summer projects are popular as the approach to tackle small and large projects seems under a time frame control. As the deadlines for those projects near an end you are reminded how quickly the summer has gone by. Remembering the lazy hazy crazy days of our childhood summers takes us through our lives’ timelines and we begin an accounting of all the summers of the past. Year after year, what we did just last summer, the summer before, 10 years ago, and more. We look at where we were then and where we are now. Older for sure; wiser perhaps; more fulfilled, maybe; in good health, hopefully. As the summer comes to a close, and we savor the last little bit of white linen clothes, days at the beach, and delicious summer menus, one cannot help but look forward to next summer’s plans. Whether you work all year long or your summer stands out as time away from work, the fleeting summer season is definitely felt by all. Heat has dominated everywhere both here and abroad, and that seems to be the tie that binds us all together. We all feel that it goes too fast, with a blink of an eye, and before you know it Labor Day will be here as our indication that fall has begun. Hold on to the last few weeks, and enjoy.

August 5, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

August 5, 2012

A TRIP A DIFFERENT KIND

by Susan Koslovsky

Summer is a very popular time to travel. Whether it is a long extended planned excursion to a faraway place or closer to home for a shorter period of time, everyone seems to make some sort of travel plans. People with children in sleep away camps often times combine their travel arrangements to include the weekend visit or piggy back that time before or after another travel arrangement. Going away is fun, exciting, and liberating. Making the decision to pack up for a week or two or more, allows you to disconnect from your normal routine and explore other avenues of your life. As a bonus you can read to your heart’s content uninterrupted or work on your photography skills and capture new locations with the click of a button. Vacations are a time to connect with yourself, your spouse, your family in a locale different than what you do every ordinary day. You take your break from work, your normal routine, and allow yourself to experience a new side of your life. This is the purpose regardless of where you go, what you do and how much it costs. The basic ideas are still the same. The preparation to go away can be filled with great anticipation, but also some stress. Packing, making arrangements at work, and at home, are a relief as soon as you leave your front door. Do what you have to do, and then don’t look back. Forge ahead and tell yourself you will welcome your time away with open arms. If you can go away, no matter for a short time, or close distance for even the simplest venue, and you do not take advantage of it, you are doing yourself a great disadvantage. Everyone needs to disconnect. Everyone. After you have indulged yourself during the summer on whatever your choice of vacation may be, give yourself the promise of another type of vacation; a trip of a different kind. I am speaking about the trip down memory lane. Go through pictures and mementos of past vacations. Allow yourself the time to reminisce about all the other trips away from home that you have taken. Take the time to look through old photographs of family events, and all the people who have been in your lives, who may no longer be with you. Live in the moment with the vacation of this summer, but take along with you your attachments from the past. Relive the special times by reading a journal you might have kept or small mementos and souvenirs you purchased or picked up along the way. It’s nice to know you can take trips at any time of the year be it summer vacations away from your house or without the need to pack and plan. Have a wonderful summer, and keep traveling be it faraway or at home.