Dad dot info
DAD.info form. Ask questions, get answers
DAD.info | DAD BLOGS: New Dad Simon | September is Rubbish

September is Rubbish

September has always been a bitter-sweet month to me…

The end of Summer. The end of long days. The end of holidays. To be honest when I say bitter-sweet I mostly mean Bitter. It’s a month of going back to school. Of getting back into routine. A month to knuckle down and get back to reality after the highs of summer. Yep. September is rubbish. Honestly, I’ve never really shaken that sinky back-to-school feeling – like I’ve forgotten to do my homework or something.

Our summer has been a summer of goodbyes (and some awesome holidays), Our boys have waved off some of their best friends as two families very close to us have emigrated halfway round the world. It’s hard to hear your four-year-old talk about how he misses his ‘best buddy’ who now lives 1000 miles away. It makes the September wind feel just a little cooler knowing that I can’t ‘fix it’ for Adlai – that he’s learning a difficult lesson. Especially when we are hurting too but our friends will always be our friends wherever they are in the world.

The departure of summer and our friends has given the new month the feeling of a distinctly new season. It’s been tough for the boys to process all that’s happened. But there is lots to be excited about – Adlai starts school next week, which he is pumped about (Faith and I less so). Koa starts preschool in a few days and hopefully preschool is ready for him. It’s a season where there’s opportunity to make new friends all over the place and having friends all round the globe means we’ve got some great holidays to look forward to. So perhaps this is the year I’ll learn to love September as the month of opportunity and friendship – a month of hellos after a summer of goodbyes.

Related entries

Running to Beat the Chickens

Running to Beat the Chickens

On mile 23 of the London Marathon I was overtaken by a giant chicken. Let's just say, it was a low point… Looking back on my London Marathon ‘success’ I can only assume it was someone dressed up in a costume or perhaps some kind of hallucination. The lactic acid build...

Running to Beat the Chickens

Snow Day

On this day in 2010 I walked through the snow to visit my wife and one-day-old son at our local hospital... Due to various complications, my first born had a short spell of intensive medical oversight before being released into the real world. I chose the frozen walk...

Latest entries

Can I watch Squid Game with my kids?

Can I watch Squid Game with my kids?

The news is buzzing with stories of children reenacting scenes from the hit Netflix show Squid Game. Kids as young as 6 have seen enough of the violent series to be 'playing' it on the playground, and there are reports of children being hurt. The story of the series,...

The value of praise

The value of praise

As parents we all want to raise happy, confident children. Receiving praise is an important part of boosting their self esteem, and giving it in the right way is important. Look beyond achievements and focus elsewhere Firstly, it's important to look beyond winning or...

Pin It on Pinterest