The end of summer is drawing near, but we are going to soak up every ounce of sun-saturated joy that remains! Savor the garden tomatoes that are only here this time of year and revel in the long days and warm nights. At the same time, start thinking about preparing for the school year ahead. Mark Maryland’s tax-free shopping days on your calendar (August 14-20) for the annual trip to stock up on school clothes and supplies. Unearth the backpacks and clean out the pencil shavings inside. As they come in, add special dates to the calendar, such as parent’s night, game dates, practices, tutoring appointments, and other important events for the upcoming year. These small preparations won’t take long and will help the whole family transition gently into the coming school year.