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Not that summer in the Netherlands is sweltering - it's more the idea of moving into fall. School is in, the summer blooms are long gone, the days are already getting shorter. It was time for the weather to start matching the feeling that things were changing.
I've been especially looking forward to this Fall since it will bring a lot of new experiences for us. Little Man starts school in November which drastically changes our routine and brings new challenges for all of us. We'll start to navigate a new set of developmental expectations for Little Man once he moves up to kleuterschool (4 to 6 year old school) with the "big kids;" and we'll encounter a new set of cultural expectations as we learn more about the Dutch approach to early childhood education from our American perspective. But for a curious kid, kleuterschool will be a good transition if only because it brings new learning opportunities.
This transition also means that I'll have more time work without interruptions - and I've got a whole list of projects that I've been waiting to start because I know it will be easier without "help." I anticipate that it will also be easier to make appointments and engage in some networking since I'll have a bigger chunk of time to work with each day.
But until then, I'll take the novelty of Fall in stride and enjoy the milder (though rainy) weather, pop on my beloved moccasin slippers, and make sure to cherish the last few weeks of Little Man's time as a peuter (toddler) before he becomes a kleuter. I'm excited for the coming changes, but I'm willing to let them come at their own pace.
Are you looking forward to fall? Is it bringing changes or just a sense of the familiar?