While the calendar still says we have more than a month until the fall equinox, which is officially Sept. 22, the reality is summer is over for the area this coming Monday when the kids go back to school.
Where did the summer go? While the calendar still says we have more than a month until the fall equinox, which is officially Sept. 22, the reality is summer is over for the area this coming Monday when the kids go back to school. This is going to be a fun school year for me for a variety of reasons, especially because my second oldest, Caleb, is going to graduate. While I am forever going to remember the day my firstborn graduated from Tracy the fact that I have this in common with Caleb as a graduate of Redwood Falls is something I have looked forward to since the day I was able to bring him to the school for a visit while he was still an eighth grader at Milroy. I am confident the choice to send Caleb to RVHS was a good one, and I think his experience, for the most part, has been a positive one. The RVHS Class of 2015 is a great group of young adults who have done some pretty great things, and I am looking forward to seeing what they do during this their final year in high school. Come spring you may see a few frazzled folks at the Gazette office, as four of the members of the senior class have a connection with our staff. So, come April and May I am hoping you are willing to be a little more patient with us. This year also marks the start of a new Krause story at RVHS, as my Mimi is going to be a freshman. What that means is my attendance at girls basketball games and cross country meets is going to increase dramatically. While neither of these is my favorite sport to watch, as a dad I’ll be there cheering for the Lady Cardinals on a regular basis. With both Caleb and Mimi in choir this year I will also have a new perspective on those performances. I look forward every year to the music programs in the local school district. In fact, it is probably one of the things I miss most during the summer. So, to see two of the Krause progeny on the PAC stage singing is going to be fun. (I just hope they have more singing ability than their father.) Although the summer went ridiculously fast, I am ready for the start of a new school year. I look forward to seeing all of you at various events during the next nine months. There may even be a few times when you see me without a camera around my neck or a notebook in my hand as I just take in the pride of being a dad. I’m just not sure what to do with myself. So, if I seem a bit fidgety at a game or concert it’s just me trying to figure out my new “normal.” … The Krause clan has been vacationing at Ten Mile Lake this week, as I volunteered to stay behind to do the chores. Those are the sacrifices a good dad is willing to make for his kids and his best half to allow them a chance to have a good time. They deserve it. Of course, I would have liked to be up there with the family, but I am not going to lie – the peace and quiet in the house has been pretty nice. … After a summer full of weekend activities it is going to be good to get back into a schedule where Saturdays are a bit slower once again. After all, college football starts again very soon, and that is a priority.