Some of My Favorite (Wilton School) Things

The hills of Wilton are alive, with the Sound of Music! Maybe that's because our children are soon headed Back to School!

I love back-to-school. I mean I really, really love it.

If my life was a musical, right about this time of year, I'd segue from from "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" to another song I've been humming a little too much lately.

"My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music is one of those classics that most every girl of my generation and before knows pretty well. I have to imagine at one time or another we all sang that song into our hairbrushes in front of the mirror pretending to be Julie Andrews.

Well, now that we get a weekly dose of watching 'real' people break into song mid-everyday moment with "Glee" (today's contemporary television version of life on Broadway-sized steroids), I thought I might inspire some of my Wilton compatriots with a version of "My Favorite Things"—albeit customized to celebrate what waits in store for us now that the kids are headed back to school. 

Just sing along to that tune we all know so well, picture yourself in a frock and short cropped hair, somewhere close to the Alps, and follow along. A-one-and-a-two-and...


My Favorite (Back-to-School in Wilton) Things

Smart boards and class lists and who’s your kid’s teacher?

Oh! I heard that that one can be quite a creature!

What can we expect this coming school year?

I’m hot after all the news, never you fear!


A new assistant principal at Cider Mill,

New seats at Middlebrook right up the hill.

What of the PTA at good ole M-D?

Promises this year to be drama free!


Fresh opened loose leaf snapped into ring binders

Alternate pickup notes—here’s your reminder

Bright yellow school buses come up the drive

It’s Back to School Monday, so kids, look alive!


When the year starts

Get on Edline

Make sure everything’s set.

I simply can’t figure out how that site works!

At least the kids can, so don't fret!


Cider Mill starts just so God-awful early

Snooze too much, then you’ll rush, get up, let’s hurry!

Pack your lunch, grab your stuff, get in the car,

Damn! Missed the bus, have to drive, it’s too far…


Back home, the next round begins once again.

Get your gear, all your books, lunch, violin.

Soccer cleats, library books, yessiree.

Wilton kids overload on activities!


When the bell rings,

For the next class,

Check your texts in between

We hear there’s a new thing, (shh don’t tell your mom!)

On the secret teen party scene!


Football and soccer and our fave, lacrosse

Wahoos and gymnasts with nary a loss,

Hebrew school, CCD, boy scouts and fun

Plus tutoring makes sure that you’re number one!




Tenure means nothing compared to these scores

Will the state change that up? Don’t know what for?!?


Last year Irene messed up our perfect plans.

One week delay, then the stuff hit the fans.

Kids were home, powerless, no first day glee,

But this year starts on time! It better! For me!


Stressed from driving

And more to-do’s

This juggle can get me so mad!

But then I remember, it’s back to school—Yeah!

 And then I don’t feel...so sad!

Wilton Resident August 20, 2012 at 04:00 PM
WHY would a parent be soooo happy their children are going back to school? I loved summers with my children and never wanted them to end. Your children are young for such a short time. Being excited to send them off to be in someone else's care for 7-10 hrs every day seems sad. Sounds like you can't wait to get rid of them.
Heather Borden Herve August 20, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Or, I'm excited for the new things they'll learn this year, and the opportunities they have to learn from the relationships they form outside of the home, with friends their age and other adults whose role it is to help show them the world outside. Then, they can bring that information home and we can talk about it, learn from it, compare opinions, etc.together, about everything they're learning, seeing and doing. There are positives about the routines that restart once school begins again. Plus, they're figuring out independence in ways that I've decided are appropriate for their ages. There's also something about a little 'me' time that makes me a better parent too. My kids get plenty of my love and attention, and we've had lots of great summer experiences together. I just don't think it has to be 24 hours a day, and I don't think it's sad at all. Plus, I also remember my own childhood excitement about back to school. Call me crazy, but I was one of those kids who liked going back to school. The fresh start of a brand new notebook, the possibilities of what the new year would bring. Back to school is awesome for lots of reasons.
let them grow August 20, 2012 at 06:10 PM
WR, you sound like one of those helicopter parents who don't want to let your kids grow up.
Wilton Resident August 20, 2012 at 07:24 PM
'let them grow'....trust me, I am the furthest thing from a helicopter parent! There were very few helicopter parents when I was raising my children, that has become so much more prevalent now. I just enjoyed spending time with my children - & still do (they are young adults now).
jennifer iannuzzi September 18, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I am so impressed with your musical talent. I sang the song and the it really works...well done!


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