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Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Other counties in our state started school earlier this week but this is the first day for my son.  He is a junior this year and so far really excited to tackle another year.  Today is different from other first days.  I will not be driving him to school and dropping him off wishing him to have a great first day.  It will not be like the very first day of school, where he cried and begged me not to leave and I tried to hide my own pain of having to turn and walk away.  I never told him how long I sat outside of the school in my car, just in case he needed me.  As the years went on, the first day created excitement around our house.  Not necessarily for him, but for my husband and myself.  The days of hearing "I'm bored" would be at an end and I would drive him to school with a smile on my face while humming a tune and dancing a little jig.  Today's first day he will leave the house with the standard "Bye, I love you mom" and I will be lecturing him all the way out the door on the importance of staying alert, watch for little kids at the bus stops, and to be mindful of buses picking up and dropping of kids. Today's first day my son will be behind the wheel of a car driving himself to his first day of school.  We will both remember this first day but for different reasons I am sure.

What advice do you give your kids on their first day of school?

5 Of Your Wonderful Comments:

Nicki said...

Ok. NOT FAIR!!!!! My daughter just got her permit and I was all verklempt over that! Now I have tears thinking about her driving herself to school! Eh...it isn't your fault that my neurotic hormones are screwed up!

Advice for the kids? Hmmmm...for the 16 year old girl, it is this, "Remember, you ended up loving the 2 teachers from last year that you thought you wouldn't like the first week of school." For the 12 year old boy, "Be good! Let the teachers see the amazing boy I see."

Victoria's Voice said...

Love the advice for your 12 year old. Sometimes they just don't believe us when we tell them how amazing they really are. I have to tell you I have been nervous every time he has gotten behind the wheel. But today was really emotional....didn't expect that. I guess I just realized how fast he is growing up. Thank you for sharing Nicki!

Becky Jane said...

Yesterday was the first day of school for us...I cried off and on the whole day :o(...but, much better today! Hope all goes well with your son driving. I'm your newest follower!

Thanks, Becky Jane
myelevenreasons@gmail.com
Raising kids can be a lot like weeding the rose bed...well worth it, but...OUCH!
http://myelevenreasons.blogspot.com/

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Becky Jane said...

Yesterday was the first day of school for us...I cried off and on the whole day :o(...but, much better today! Hope all goes well with your son driving. I'm your newest follower!

Thanks, Becky Jane
myelevenreasons@gmail.com
Raising kids can be a lot like weeding the rose bed...well worth it, but...OUCH!
http://myelevenreasons.blogspot.com/

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