Back to School

A few years ago, a commercial caught my attention. A father was dancing with a shopping cart through the aisles of Office Depot.

The striking thing was the song playing in the background. It's the most wonderful time of the year. A Christmas song. The incongruity of it in August made me pause. With glee on his face, the father danced Gene Kelly style as he loaded his cart with #2 pencils and wide rule notebook paper. The best part was when the camera panned right to reveal his two elementary age children who were most definitely not sharing their father's enthusiasm.

This morning was the first day of school. Bethany is back to the routine of classes, friends and basketball practice. Moments after this smiling picture, she said. "Oh no! I bet I had summer reading."

It's the most wonderful time, of the year....
© Random Cathy
Maira Gall