Back to School

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I’ve always enjoyed provoking my kids. It’s part of the Father’s Bill of Rights. I would ask them if their homework was ready the night before the first day of school. I thought it was funny; they didn’t. Another way I provoked them was to use the word “routine” – “back to the routine”. They hated this word, and still do, I imagine.

So, is routine good or bad ? Probably good, but only to a point. Need to have room for busting out of the routine, being spontaneous, and avoiding a life that’s too comfortable and too predictable.

On the other hand, there is something appealing about settling into a routine or rhythm. Maybe rhythm is a less troublesome word to kids.

The school year, which has just begun in Texas, does establish a sort of rhythm for our lives. Almost everyone in Texas knows where they’ll be on Friday nights in the Fall, that being the local high school football game for those of you from Mars (or New England).

Gladney’s year essentially follows the school year. We are now settling into our Fall rhythm, which includes, among other events, 18 Gladney Family Association kick-offs, board meeting and staff retreat – all designed to set the tone for the year. We’ve got a great year in front of us. I encourage you to choose to be a part of Gladney this year, the rhythm as well as the spontaneity.