It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

28 Jul

It’s late July and I’ve already seen my first back-to-school ad on TV.  I’m reminded of one of the more memorable ads for back-to-school sales, featuring a father gleefully pushing a shopping cart through an office supply store while singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”  Meanwhile, his school-age children look on with glum faces, dragging their feet after him.  It’s clever and seems to strike a chord with many parents, at least until the tune begins to drive you insane.

I’m enjoying the summer too much to wish for back to school but time tyrannically presses on.  In a few more days – August 1 to be precise – the Common Application for 2011 will be released online, signaling the official start of a new college application year for the Class of 2016.  It’s not an occasion that most Americans will observe or note except for the 1.5 million or so rising seniors and their parents.  This will be it, the moment when seniors can take to their computers and begin to fill out their college applications.  This is when they present the best of themselves from the last three years to colleges in the hopes of gaining admission.  Out of this long and arduous process, we pray that they will all end up at the right schools for them.

After a year of writing this blog, I can hardly believe that we have arrived at this point.  Last year this event was a distant destination along life’s highway, seemingly far, far away.  We were focused on getting through the rigorous demands of junior year – I remember telling my daughter to take one day at a time, one step at a time.  But the proverbial journey of a thousand miles that began with the first day of freshman year high school has now arrived at signpost mile 800.

The last 200 miles will be a push.  We still have some schools to visit this summer and a couple to re-visit this fall; there are essays to write, grades to keep up, and interviews to prepare for.  A lot still needs to be done before we can all sing, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” this December.

But how I look forward to singing it, loud and off-key.

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