Years flying by faster

The yellow school buses were circling the block yesterday picking up students with new backpacks and brightly-coloured runners.
Lineups of cars at Robert Moore and other schools had parents dropping off their children for the first day of school.
Alas, we are heading into the last long weekend of summer. As I get a little bit older, summers become shorter and shorter. It feels like we only opened the cabin a few short weeks ago at the end of April.
The parking lot at the boat landing has fewer cars as many of our American friends have returned home with school already underway there.
The waters of Rainy Lake have remained resiliently warm and still are a treat to swim in. But the leaves of the blueberry plants have started to turn brown and the white birch, stressed by the dry conditions, already have turned to their brilliant yellow and the leaves are floating in the bays.
Along the shore, the occasional maple already is as red as the leaf in Canada’s flag.
Fishing should pick up across the lake as bass, walleye, northern, and perch follow the baitfish into deeper waters.
Our friends from La Crosse, Wis. headed home on Saturday after spending their week at the “Bear Rug Cabin” on the south end of our island.
Their eldest son is heading back to school for his sophomore year working to become a fabric materials engineer. Their daughter will enter her senior year of high school and already has filed her application to attend Pittsburgh University.
These two young adults have been coming to the lake with their parents from the time they could barely crawl. Now to watch them go confidently into the future is fabulous.
One of my delights was taking them fishing and watching them catch their first fish of their lives on Rainy Lake.
Closer to home, this weekend will mark the end of summer for parents as they drive their students off to universities across the country. It has become a Canadian Labour Day tradition.
Meanwhile, sign-ups for figure skating, minor hockey, swimming, and other sports groups are well underway. After-school programs are filling up.
Yes, a new year is upon us.
I sometimes wonder if the year should begin on Sept. 1 and conclude with the end of summer holidays, instead of our existing annual calendar. In many ways, parents, businesses, and relatives build their year around the school year.
The school year impacts our lives the most.
Years turn around faster and faster. School years seem to pass far too quickly for parents.

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