I wanted to do something special this year to mark the end of the summer and to christen the beginning of a new school year. A celebration, of sorts, that all of us in the family could take part in. So, I decided we'd have a ceremony . . . a little presentation . . . to talk about our wishes for the coming school year, and then end it with a special lighting ceremony (yes, I must be going through some sort of withdrawal from the pomp and circumstance of the Olympics.)
We started by each of us making "wish" pages that could hold our individual wishes for the new school year. From "making new friends" to "focusing more", each of us had something that we wanted to wish for in the months ahead. While the concept was a little hard for Ella to get, she still came up with "I want to learn more math" and "I want to make friends". I was pretty proud of her!
They did a great job with their school year wish lists.
We then gathered outside and read each other our lists. I loved hearing how we each had different things we wished for.
Then, it was time for the lights. A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a large biodegradable lantern at a local Walgreens. The whole "end of summer" ceremony came to me the minute I saw the lantern. I did my best to hold it straight as Phil lit away . . . .
Carefully following the instructions, we waited until it was just hot enough to fly up . . .
up . . . up and away!
And off it went . . . .
I told the girls to close their eyes and say a little wish as the lantern flew high above us, and then quietly said my own wishes for the new school year . . . . until I heard sweet Ella whisper her wishes of ". . . chocolate house, and a chocolate bunny, and lots and lots and lots of candy, and oh, please, bring me all the candy in the whole wide world . . . that's what I wish for."
"Ellie!" I told her, "you are supposed to be making a wish for your school year, honey. Something about school, sweetie."
"Oh!" she exclaimed, "AND CAN I HAVE A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR, PLEASE?!?!" she yelled at the lantern.
God Bless this little girl.
Happy School Year to you and yours!