Where are you going, my little one… my baby my own? Turn around and you’re 2, turn around and you’re 4. Turn around and you’re a young girl, going out of the door. ~ as sung by Rosemary Clooney and others
Ah yes, every year it happens, that magical “first day of school”. Especially for those who are entering the classroom for the very first time, whether in pre-K or K, this calls for a photo op. Maybe Mom likes to document this annual ritual and does it every year? For sure, whenever one’s child begins a new school, it is de rigueur!
My mom took a photo of me on my first day of kindergarten at the Hynes School in New Orleans (See above. We had no pre-K back then, so it was literally my very first day of school).
I took a photo of Shannon on her first day of kindergarten at River Oaks Baptist School in her new uniform. But that’s about it. Both of us are sadly lacking in subsequent first day photos.
However, my mom had a great excuse. She had six children. There was no way to document each child’s first day of school. I do not have that excuse, but I just didn’t buy into making an annual fuss. I’m sure Shannon isn’t too sorry that I didn’t. At least I hope not!
So this year marks my 10th first day of school without having a student to hustle, bustle and get going with a most healthful lunch, in her new, stylish outfit…
And I love it. There. I’ve said it.
But I’ve got to admit that the first day of school in 2004 without a student to get to school was more than a little poignant for me. I remember walking that morning and seeing the hordes of moms/kids making their way to Bunker Hill Elementary nearby. And I felt a big tug on the old heartstrings as I remembered the days when I was doing the same thing, albeit to ROBC, then Spring Branch MS and finally Memorial HS. I also remember feeling a little bereft, as if I weren’t sure what my next move would be.
I also felt really old. Basically, I had lost my job. So I went and got a new puppy (our Bailey), and he filled my days with a focus that I had lost.
Now the only reason that I dread the first day of school is because the traffic in our neighborhood explodes between the hours of 7:30 and 8:30, with an elementary, middle and high school all within a few blocks. So I don’t go out with Tucker as early, because seriously, unless kind drivers stop to let us cross Taylorcrest, sometimes we just sit there for quite awhile.
At least that’s my reason for sleeping in til 7:30 or so… one the perks of the empty nest! So, all you bleary moms scurrying about every morning, there is hope for you yet.
You just wait… your little darling will be in college before you know it. Cherish these days, because they will be gone in the blink of an eye!