I can’t believe another school year is almost upon me. It feels as though summer just started. But here we are again.

Although school is a good routine and it means that fall and cooler weather is just around the corner, I still feel sad. Dropping off the girls on the first day makes my stomach churn, and I have a little cry when they get out of the car and walk toward the doors.

So how to handle the back-to-school mama blues? In the past, I’ve met other moms at the local coffee shop. By the time we dispersed, everyone felt better. This year I’m going to do something different. I’m meeting a friend to workout. (Gulp.) We’ll see how that goes.

Either way, I plan something ahead of time and invite plenty of people, even strangers. Oh, and I bring along Kleenex. Moms, especially new-to-kindergarten moms, need a friend during those first few weeks of school. In my case, those friends have become my closest friends in the years that followed.

In addition to planning for support in the first week, I also pick a few goals, that way I do not feel that sense of loss. Some of my mom friends are going back to school. I’m writing a book. I’m also trying to reclaim my yard from the wildlife and weeds. We’ll see how that goes, as well. Hah! Even if it is something small, such as organizing a silverware drawer, it has always helped me to have a plan.

Happy (almost) fall, sisters. May the Lord bless us with cooler weather soon!