Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Happy New Year!

Many of the blogs I faithfully read have been commenting on back to school festivities.  There seems to be two types of mommies, those who cheer and push their babies onto the bus and those who hang on to their little legs and cry a bit as they climb onto the bus.  School has always been a very positive force in my life.  I’ve always loved it.  I’ve always loved seeing the kids bounce off the bus and burst with the stories of the day.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was to see the calendar turn to September 7th, our first day.  Our morning went smooth as can be… everyone up, everyone fed, everyone ready!  No tears, no fights, no problems…. They hopped on and waved good bye.  I walked up the driveway and waited for the bus to circle back to give one more wave…. I also prayed.  I prayed for a good year for each of them.  I prayed for smooth mornings like the one we just had and to my surprise…. I sat there and had a good cry.  I am still stunned and shocked by my back to school reaction. I can’t believe I cried. Maybe it is the idea that my baby is now a first grader? Maybe because I see our 10 year olds starting to be more aware of what other girls are thinking and doing? Maybe I cried because our 13 year old is becoming a more curvy young woman?  Or maybe I cried because I still can’t believe our 15 year old can have a 5 o’clock shadow?  Life keeps moving forward, some days at lighting speed and I guess starting the school year is one of those markers of time where we can take a deep breath looking back and looking forward.  It is the start of new beginnings, better than January first, this one comes complete with new notebooks and office supplies, two of my most favorite things.

Best wishes to you and your students… Happy New (School) Year!

1 comment:

Sheena Simpson said...

I have neither of these reactions since I started homeschooling this year, but its still very touching to read about. It took me back to last year when our two oldest left for their first days. I hope all of yours have a good year.


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