As I sit in my quiet house, the cat and dog are both asleep on the couch and I'm alone. I know there are other mom's and dad's all over the state realizing how quiet the house is with just the hum of the air conditioner keeping us company. It's back to school time. I thumb down through the Facebook posts of the first day photos, I remember to post the one of my son who started 10th grade today.
They never know what to expect on the first day. There is trepidation and excitement for him. For me it's "does he have everything he needs?" Snacks. sharpened pencils, pens, graphing calculator?
When my daughter, who is living at home, working and taking college classes, left for her first day, it was actually the night before. She worked an overnight shift and then went to three classes. She was rushing to get out of the house in time for work and realized that she needed clothes for school and supplies. Luckily we had been to the DeMolay backpack giveaway and she had everything she needed in one handy bag. She took that and ran. Today, as she left for class, she took one of my many, many good bags. I may never see it again.
I wish all the students heading back to school this week and next week a wonderful school year. I hope it's everything it should be and nothing it shouldn't. For parents, it's bitter sweet. We now have hours to do whatever we want...(except for that work thing). We can also reflect on what it was like when we were in 10th grade or a senior or in second grade.
I can't wait for them to come home to tell me all about their day, their new friends and new teachers. I won't settle for a "fine", "good" or "whatever." I want to live vicariously through them for the first few days of school.