Does this make your heart ache?

My little Powder Monkey on the left, at a Civil War Re-Enactment.

I got this from a friend this week, made my heart ache.

"A note from Mrs.______, my son's new teacher in honor of next Monday, the first day of school :

'Twas the night before school started,
When all through the town,
The parents were cheering,
It was a riotous sound!
By eight, kids were washed
And tucked into bed...
When memories of homework
Filled them with dread.

New pencils, new folders, new notebooks, too!
New teachers, new friends...
Their anxiety grew!
The parents just giggled when
They learned of this fright
And shouted upstairs-
"Go to bed! It's a school night!"

I've heard a few of my son's friends complaining about the new teachers that they are going to have for school this year. I ask my son if he told his friends "Look at me, I've had the same teacher for 7 years! LOL." He just smiled and told me "NO!" The kids have teased him about starting back to school in July, but what those kids miss out on is our AWESOME fall break that we take to attend fall festivals, shopping trips to the Amish lands, Civil War Re-Enactment weekend, and our exciting time of going to see Dr. Ben Carson speak. Our classroom does not have 4 walls, our classroom is our God given world.

What excites you about this new year of homeschooling?