Even if you have no children in school, you can’t ignore the rhythm of the academic year, like an infectious drum beat that sets your toes tapping unconsciously. Traffic volume, busy periods at stores, barbershops and fast-food restaurants all march to this beat to some extent, and so do we when we visit them.
So, as the school year winds up and coworkers plan vacations while their children have free time, all of us shift into summer habits.
My daughter, who graduated from college the previous May, asked about continuing our family ritual of getting ice cream together on the first and last days of the school year. She and I are having to adjust, but the adjustment is small because there are so many other reminders of the pace that school sets on our lives.
For NTH, that means publishing of our special honors sections for each high school and then our middle-school honor rolls in a few weeks. It also means coverage of the school board’s first work session Thursday to begin crafting a budget for the next fiscal year and football camps with new coaches at every local high school preparing for the fall.
And the beat goes on….