Throwback Thursday: First Days of School

Chaging it up today for THINGS I LOVE THURSDAY. 


This usually means one of three things: 


1. I don't love anything today. 
2. My computer keeps shutting down, and I'm bout to drop kick it. 
3. I forgot it was Thursday again and have too much to do. 


Perhaps 2 of the 3 are true. 


Today you're getting a throwback because I've been quite reminiscent of late. 


Jack turned 15 on Sunday. 


He drove us to the bus pick up this morning.


So if this was a typical Thursday and I was sharing things I loved, it would be this:



I wonder if replacements come in bulk. 


He's actually doing great. Ten-and-two is a little difficult with a cast, but he's checking mirrors, following the speed limit and showing grace with my constant nervous chatter and dramatic whip lash demonstrations at braking points. 


I coulda swore he started kindergarten two years ago. 


Oh, and speaking of kindergarten, I'm grieving the loss of that for lil' Weston.
It was finally his turn. But instead of going to Meet the Teacher night, we went to come pick up your iPad afternoon and don't breathe on anybody, but take a popsicle on your way out to help you forget how whacked out this all is. 


(Hmmm...amnesia popsicles. Could those be a thing?) 


As much as I was dreading the whole watching Weston walk away from me towards the school building wearing his giant sea turtle shell sized backpack scene while closing the end of an era for me, it's just a bummer that he won't get to experience school like we had hoped. 


Anyhoo, I found a post in the archives about Jack's first day of kindergarten, and how I lost my crap at MC Riley that day. 


Maybe some of you mamas of Kindergarteners can relate. 
Happy Schooling, y'all. It's a weird, weird time. But, here we go.




September 26, 2011


Jack's First Day of Kindergarten


It's been a couple of weeks since the last post.  Which is normal. 
Usually it's because I'm either too busy or too lazy to post something. 
But I have been dreading this post. 
Because it would mean it's real. 
Jack is really in kindergarten. 
In fact, he's in his 7th week of kindergarten. 
 (which means it's almost time for Summer break, right?)



The first day started off well.  Uniform was laid out.  Lunchbox was packed.  Jack was happy.  Everyone was excited.  I mean, what's the big deal?



We pulled into the school.  All was well.  Jack still wanted something to do with us.  He even held John's hand.



And then we came to the hallway of strangers....most likely ill intentioned youngsters waiting to ruin my perfect little boy with their glue eating ways.  



At this point, Jack was still excited, but he definitely had his game face on.  
I on the other hand was wondering when they started letting zygotes attend kindergarten?  
Because that's what he was just yesterday, right?  



Jack got his name tag happily and marched right in.  


No one else remembers, but at this point, he turned around and said I was the best Mom ever and that no teacher could ever teach him as much as I had in his 5 short years and that he would need me forever and that he can't wait until school lets out so we can hang out again and that if he said he liked school it was really just a lie so that I wouldn't be upset because he could never like anything unless I was there.


Really.  It happened.  Just no one else saw it.  Or heard it. 


I also thought to ask his teacher if there were any "Child Left Behind" programs that we could volunteer Jack for so that he could just chill at home...for the sake of the budget cuts, of course.  


But there were no such programs.



Before leaving my infant son in his unsafe kindergarten seat that didn't have a seatbelt on it, we posed for a family photo to mark the occasion.  


(Pictured: Very emo, pregnant mother, miserable kindergartener, proud papa and thrilled little brother.)

Jack went right to work, coloring like a maniac. 


Poor thing.  Look at that sad face....



Then the unthinkable happened. 


Little Finley (who thankfully has 17 years before he starts kindergarten), climbed out of his Dad's arms and said he wanted to say goodbye to his brother.  
The same brother he had just told "I'm glad you're going to school."



"Bye, Jack."



The coloring pages were too much to fully leave, so a side hug would have to do.  



And that's when Michael C. Riley was christened with a melt down of Old Testament proportions. 


I tore my clothes, put ash on my head and adorned a sack cloth (that I had packed just in case things got ugly. Which they did.)
Maybe it was the pregnancy hormones. 
Or the fact that we left with only one boy in tow.  
Or the fact that I had no idea what to do with just one boy in tow.  
Don't the Scriptures read that two are better than one?  Surely that can't just mean any two.  I'm pretty sure it means two sons at home are better than one son at home.  


So, really...Jack is loving Kindergarten.  He loves his teacher.  And his friends.  And his lunchbox.  And his reading group.  And dance, music, art, PE, and earning "Eagle Eyes."  
We can't say a bad thing about it. 
Except that it's a long day. 
For us.
Babies don't keep, y'all. 

1 comment

  • Erin. This should be a book. Mom’s first day of kindergarten. It should include a coupon for a box of tissues. You are a remarkable writer. I am honored to know you.

    Cindy Bullard

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