Happy first day of school! In my mind, every year, this is the day the school year officially begins. In Maryland, summer vacation lasted right up to 9 p.m. on Labor Day. We played all day outside, riding bikes, running barefoot in the grass, swimming in the pool, hiking in the woods behind our house. Ahhh, summers of fruit juice popsicles and strawberries, of ice cream and garden veggies. Summers of fireflies, then grasshoppers, then crickets. Then it was all business Tuesday morning. So here I am, my first day of school, writing my first blog. Wish me luck as I begin a new day and new journey.