A few things to remember about the first day of 2011...
1. The past few days I've been a nervous wreck thinking about sending Easton to middle school. I've been wondering who would be in his classes, would his teachers be kind, is he ready? And then this morning when he came up the stairs looking so handsome in his new shirt, I knew he would be fine. There was a peacefulness in his countenance and his calm nerves soothed mine.
2. Owen was as excited as can be to head out the door. He was ready to go (with shoes and backpack on) an hour and a half before he should have been. What's he most excited about? Recess, of course. And a special friend that's in his class.
3. Abby wasn't nervous at all. She was cool and collected, ready to start this new year and eager to wear her new clothes. The happiest part of her day? Finding out her best friend was assigned to sit next to her in class. Lucky girls.
I always thought it would become easier to send my children off to school the older they got. It hasn't. I dread the first day of school like other mothers dread the last. I miss my children when they're gone and so do Audrey and Oliver. They've already asked too many times to count today, "is it time to get the kids?"
What do I look forward to? The routine. Hello, happy school days routine!