After my first full summer home with the kids, it's back to teaching next week. Classroom teaching starts Tuesday at 9, hardly a grueling start of the work week by many standards. The churn of the start of classes has been well underway for a while now, in that there are always details to resolve, but I've gotten better at adding to the checklists with each successive semester.
Some semesters begin with weather disruptions. Last Spring started in a snowstorm. This semester is starting with Hurricane Irene. Finals for the Fall 2012 semester fall during the Apocalypse. The important thing is to plan ahead and have contingency plans when things don't work out as expected.
It has been a privilege to share so much time with the kids despite ongoing life events, and there is no knowing what the future will hold. But just as today's sun and tranquility may be replaced by gale-force winds and driving rain on Sunday, the slow pace of summertime will be quickly replaced by the whirlwind start of the semester next week. I hope my future students of next week have a safe weekend ahead and that the effects of the storm are at a minimum over the weekend. Also thankful to be 300 feet above sea level here in the relative tranquility of my hometown Upstate this weekend..