It’s that time of year again.

My kids and my husband are all headed off to school. One as a teacher and football coach (I won’t see much of him until November.) Two in middle school and one starting kindergarten.

As they eagerly prepare . . . Scratch that. As I eagerly prepare for them to return, I’m reminded of all the newness of going back to school. New boxes of crayons. Unsharpened pencils. Pristine notebooks.

It’s like getting a fresh start in the middle of the year.

But, what about me? Don’t I get something new, too?

This week, I want to look closer at three aspects of going back to school. Starting with friends.

My kindergartner took time at the open house to introduce himself to other kneecap-clinging children. My 6th and 7th graders couldn’t wait to see their friends from last year.

So, in my new school year, what am I doing to connect with old friends? And, am I interested in making new friends?

Earlier this month, I drove over an hour to attend a CdLS Family picnic. I spent several hours catching up with families I first met after my daughter’s diagnosis. I also got the chance to meet new families and listen to their stories.

In less than a month, I’ll be leading one of several women’s Bible studies at our church. I’m sure there will be familiar faces as well as nervous newcomers.

In about a month, I’ll be one of the nervous newcomers at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference. While I know a few attendees from my local writers group, I know others from blogs and Facebook. But, most I’ll be meeting for the very first time.

It’s back to school. How are you doing in the friend department?

Back To School – Part I
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2 thoughts on “Back To School – Part I

  • August 17, 2009 at 8:15 am

    >Hi Candee,

    I'll look forward to meeting you at ACFW! I'll be a newcomer too!

    After I finaled in the Genesis in May, I reconnected with the agent that had requested the full of my MS but hadn't gotten around to reading it. The Genesis final perked her attention and she pulled my MS from the slush pile. She asked me to resubmit both of my MS's and then she read them. That's all it took!

    I'm sure you'll have an advantage, too, with finaling in the Genesis. Agents and editors will take a closer look, hopefully! You'll have to keep me posted on how you do! And I hope to have the chance to meet you at ACFW!

  • August 17, 2009 at 11:26 am

    >I have been able to reconnect with a lot of friends via Facebook but that's not the same as seeing them in person, I guess. It's tough because life gets so busy, it's hard to take an afternoon off to go shopping and hang out with the girls.

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