First Day of School


School started this week.

Everybody was excited. They had their first day outfits all laid out – they’d been waiting for weeks. Our rule is this: you CANNOT wear anything new until school actually begins. I think somebody snuck out a pair of boxers and maybe a new pair of socks when I wasn’t looking, but for the most part, they stuck to the family tradition. The new shoes, new jeans, cool new shirts from C28 (check THAT store out!) – everything was unveiled Tuesday morning.

We did breakfast together again; we’ll see how long it lasts this year.

As a former teacher and mother of a lot of kids, there is a strange rhythm to back-to-school time for me. I always feel energized, ready for a fresh start, excited about new notebooks and the smell of pencil lead. I love the new beginning feel of fall. But lately – especially with the kids getting older – I’m welcoming the first week of September with a sigh of relief.

The house stays cleaner for at least 8 hours.

They are focused on schoolwork, projects, activities. Fortunately, my kids like school. They enjoy learning and they have had, for the most part, positively school experiences.

So September is good for everybody.

Daniel goes out the door first. Can you tell that he is excited?


Okay, okay. Maybe David doesn’t like school all that much…

My high school girls. Gulp. You just wait…they grow up SO fast…
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7 thoughts on “First Day of School

  1. Yay! I thought of the Staples commercial with “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” playing when I saw David’s face. :c) Can’t believe all your girlies are in high school.. ACK! Enjoy the 8 hrs of clean.

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  2. Yes….my son Wes went off with new clothes and the anticipation of this year at Licking Valley High School…….HE’S THE PRINCIPAL! It seems like yesterday he walked out the door with his Evel Kenievel lunch box to his first day of Kindergarten!!

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  3. You know Beth, being on this end of a family (the end that cleans the house and makes the meals and dresses and bathes the kids, etc etc), I find myself cherishing fall like never before. The rhythm and schedule of fall is so new after the laid-back summer, and it is, in many ways, more relaxing and settling than the first few weeks of summer. πŸ™‚ Yay for school. yay for kids who love it. πŸ™‚

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  4. You just can’t go back, though you want to so often as a parent. It is hard to see them grow up, but there is some satisfaction in it, too. Your kids are good kids. Your girls, now that they are in the universally difficult adolescent years, are showing remarkable leadership, commitment to their faith, and respect and honor for their parents (usually). you have much to proud of…it’s almost like…Grace, Every Day.

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  5. As a teacher, I wanted summer to go on and on. I can’t get excited about new notebooks and pencil lead, though it’s very funny that you do. πŸ™‚ Your girls don’t look like each other. Which one is which?Donna

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