I find that one's newspaper column is directly affected by one's frame of mind, hence the reason there was no column last week and this week's isn't a Pulitzer Prize winner either.
Today marks a certain level of emancipation for many a parent on Martha's Vineyard, as our children return to school this morning. My Amelia will be starting kindergarten, bringing out in me a whole host of mixed emotions. I'll be happy to have time during the day to work a more "normal" schedule, instead of working at 11 at night, but the fact that my baby is moving on to school is also a bit traumatic for me. I'm sure she will take to it like a fish to water. I have few concerns about her, due to her tough Portuguese heritage. Riley will be in second grade, facing homework for the first time. Although he is looking forward to the social aspects of school and popcorn on Fridays, I'm not so sure he's looking forward to hitting the books again.
Try to remember that all the school kids will be walking and biking to and from school now so drive safely and slowly.
The first MSPCA Walk for Animals will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9, starting and ending on the grounds of the Edgartown School. There will be refreshments, raffles, contests, pet photos and an agility demonstration, as well as some vendor tables. Registration begins at 10:30 am, with the walk getting underway at noon. Cost is $25 and participants are encouraged to get sponsors for the fund-raiser. Registration forms can be picked up at the MSPCA. For more information or any questions, please contact Jen Morgan, Projects Coordinator at the MSPCA, 627-8662.
Happy birthday to our friend Michael Courtney, who celebrates his birthday tomorrow. By my calculations, Michael will be 6 years old!
Things have certainly begun to quiet down on the Island this weekend. Parking spaces are available no matter what time you go to the beach and you can just sort of feel a little more of a relaxed feeling in the air. When you sit on the beach or walk down the street, you now see almost as many people that you know as people you don't know and we are all beginning to catch up with friends we've lost touch with over the last three months. Enjoy this time. September is a great month here with stellar weather and far less chaos.
Have a great week. Good luck to the kids heading off to school. To the parents who find themselves with a bit more freedom this week, have a great time. Be sure to get me any news you'd like to share. It's been pretty sparse of late and I'd love to hear from you all.