My 15 year old is going back to school tomorrow, which means I need to make space in my morning for a grumpy teenager. My mornings have been sanctuaries of serenity this summer as no one is up before I go put coffee on for my wife and get her moving at about 8:30 or 9:00. I was getting up at 7:00 and had 2 hours some mornings to drink my coffee and ponder, cogitate, meditate and generally prepare my mind for the day. Now I will have to get up at 6:00 and have only an hour to prepare for the boy who slept in all summer. He was up at 8:30 today so I have hopes that 7:00 will not be impossible. Then I will have to leave for work before 7:30 so I can get him to school. At least that means I will get off earlier in the afternoon. But I am grieving the loss of half of my precious tranquility. Oh, well I will just have to make it quality one on one time with Dustin. He is a fine boy, a little surly at times, but he has an interesting outlook on life, and we like a lot of the same music: Gorillas, Radiohead, The Shins, Arcade Fire, Flaming Lips etc. as well as some of the bands from my youth: The Who, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin etc.
Tonight his sister, who has bright green hair, shaved off most of his bright pink hair and they are busy dying it some other unnatural color (that I have not yet seen) in honor of the first day of school. My daughter is 18 and a home schooler, attending the local community college through a high school program, but she is going to the high school for the first day assembly. So I will have two children with festive bedhead to awaken at an hour they have not seen in years. They are both enrolled in school as home schoolers and so have been going on a later schedule for the last two years.
I am sure I will adjust (as they will adjust), and even find positives in this change. Life is change. Now I must to bed, so I will be well rested and rise to greet the dawn which I have not seen in a while.