In Canada, today is the first day the children go back to school, clutching their fresh bouquets of pencils. It is always a favourite time of year for me ~~ the true beginning of the year. It's the time of year when we all start with a fresh, clean slate, and what we write on it is completely up to us. On Labour Day weekend, I spend my time cleaning out closets, taking inventory, throwing out old things and replacing anything that needs to be replaced. This is a good time to do that in our lives, as well ~~ make a fresh start, as it were.
I remember when I was about five years old, lying in a field of buttercups thinking that soon I would be starting school, that my "real life" would begin, and there would be no more lying in fields of buttercups for me. What a strange thought for a five-year-old, but I remember it very clearly, and I think of it whenever I see buttercups. I can look back now, over the expanse of time, and wonder if my "real life" turned out the way I had expected. No, it did not ~~ not even close. I guess you could say life got in the way, and for most of us that is true.
But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy! ~~ Robbie Burns
For all the little children who are starting out on their "real life" today, I wish you the best of luck. Work hard, keep your eye on the goal. Education, training and skill are the doorways to a good life, your own life. Remember, no matter what happens, you have to live your own life on your own terms.
And yes, there will still be fields of buttercups along the way.