School,school, here again>>
Catching upwith old friends>>
Can’t wait tobegin>>
The summerholiday is over. Schools have either started, or will be starting the worldover. Having been out of school for some time, I am still thrilled to see allthe back-to-school displays in the store. Call me a geek, but I’ve always loved school. The cooling weather alwaysseemed to spark the excitement of meeting up with old friends, finding newones, and, much to my parent’s chagrin, deciphering what new troubles I couldcreate. >>
Elementaryschool was the most thrilling listening to my friends’ stories about theirexciting summer adventures, like Emmie in Bread,Bacon, and the Really Big Fish by Gail Hedrick, TheUnexpected Thief by Keith Hardy, and SillySock Grandma by Susanna Hargreaves. >>
Of coursethere were also the “other” lessons learned in school, the ones not in thelesson plans. Being the tallest and the skinniest kid in school, much like Jackothe Giraffe (by Karen Lewis) had me finding friends in unique company,similar to RoyalFerdinand by Donald Ford, and dealing with adversaries, as Rowan and Ferndo in SquirrelWars by Jane Finch. All in hopes of being the cool kid like Koolura in TheLegend of Koolura by Michael Thal, I never quite managed it. I was the kidwith the backpack full of extra booksbecause I liked them. >>
Junior high seemedto be focused solely on being popular. As if being tall and obsessed with booksweren’t enough, I now had to contend with pop-bottle glasses. Did I mention thegeek reference already? I was a prime target for bullying, and I wish we hadour own bully squad like what Jack creates in TheBully Squad by Tony Jacks. My troubles were nothing when compared to thoseof Mandy in TheTrouble With Mandy by Shirley Bigelow DeKelver, or Kate in LinkedThrough Time by Jessica Tornese. Having to sleep next to a skeleton whileworrying about a baby eagle, or waking up back in time in my now-dead aunt’sbody definitely top the list of troubles I never had to deal with! And Idefinitely never dealt with a drag-queen-by-night dad as Sindy Winger does in MyDad's A Drag by Linda Flynn.>>
Once highschool started and I was no longer faced with the troubles of an early teen. Wehad more somber issues to deal with. Ahh the pressures of still being a “kid”but with adult responsibilities and fun lurking right around the corner. Allthe life lessons of school culminated at University. It was fun, it was hard,it was exciting, but not nearly as exciting as events at Lanesboro College ActiveShooter! >>
Now that myoldest is starting school I am looking forward to her learning to make newfriends, and getting to hear all about their adventures. Maybe she’ll even meetsomeone with ACow Named John (by Gail Picado)!

Posted by Tracye Wilhelm
Solstice Publishing
Marketing Director