Whether we choose to accept it or not, the season we all anxiously await each year has come to an end. Without fail, parents and students alike tend to reach the consensus that summer moves far too quickly, even with the newly adopted post-Labor Day start to the Wilton Public Schools’ academic year. In previous years, I’ve felt a fiery displeasure for returning to school, from whining to my poor mother in the mechanical pencil aisle of Staples to legitimately bawling as I brush my teeth at 7:45 a.m. on the first day. This time around feels different. Strangely enough, I’m ready to be back.
Perhaps I can attribute my willingness to grace Wilton High School once again to my lacking summer schedule. I’ve now realized the long-anticipated relaxation and break from routine that hits mid-June remains beloved only until doing nothing becomes a routine in and of itself. Let’s face it, though Wilton has a variety of serene parks, local shops, and delicious restaurants, one can only stay entertained and able to afford dining out for so long. You know you’ve grown desperate when going grocery shopping with your parents becomes the highlight of the day! By the end of July, my best excuses for leaving the house were the weekly (and sometimes daily) rounds to the local ice cream shops to visit and perhaps pester my working friends. Many Wilton families cherish Block Island or Nantucket as their summer homes; I hate to brag, but I have artfully commandeered the back corner bench at Heibeck’s as my own kingdom during these past few months.