Monday, August 27, 2012

Ewan's First Day

That familiar school bus is making it's way down Old Prairie Creek Road that winds back to our house. If I come home from shopping 4ish, I get behind the bus. It makes half a dozen stops out our way, not too many kids live out our road. They always look like pack mules carrying backpacks, lunchboxes and jackets! Tired little disheveled bodies pour off the bus and run wildly up their driveways or roads. I was a city kid and never rode the school bus. Our daughters did and complained unmercifully about the torture they endured on the bumpy, un~airconditioned buses. There was always a mean driver, or a kid that picked their nose, or just the fact that it came so darn early! I would drive them to the main road where we would wait patiently for the bus to round our curve and stop. We'd listen to the radio and talk. Great talks about friends and feelings, right and wrong, meaningless talk that makes Moms and daughters bond.

Today our GRANDson Ewan starts Kindergarten, his very first day at school. I have a little lump in my throat thinking about it and worrying like all Moms and Grandmothers do  about the whole growing up thing. His Mom was in Kindergarten yesterday 28 years ago.  I know how she feels this morning and I know what's ahead for her in the next 13 years. Lots of homework, lots of sleepless nights and lots of joy.

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  1. I remember letting my first one go....heartbreaking. The others didn't seem as bad. They would have died to ride a bus. My oldest son was obsessed about school buses, but we lived right next to the school then. When we moved and he had to ride the bus...things changed. How time flies!

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    1. Yes. it. does. I had to add in my head how many years since Amy was in Kindergarten, shocked when I wrote down 28 years! She just texted his picture on the way to school, big smile... brave! Makes my heart go flip flop!

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  2. It's a big day. My little grandson went last year and it near broke my heart when I saw the photo. It seems only yesterday that I was waving at his daddy as he went through the big doors of the school.

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    1. It does seem like yesterday that Ewan's Mommy was that little girl learning her alphabet! He did great!

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  3. HI JOY!!! GOOD TO SEE YOU come by today! I love that comic strip....the new things we have to learn and keep up with in our students' lives!!!!!!! Have a wonderful new fall experience and thank you so much for your kind comment! Anita

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    1. So true Anita, it's either keep up or get out of the way! I do love my visits to your blog... it's an insightful look into our lives!

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  4. Awwww. So sweet. They just grow up way too fast. Hope Ewan loves school.
    I love the cartoon!!! Times have changed.

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    1. Seems like yesterday we were welcoming him into the world and now he's off to conquer reading! He actually reads very well already and has known his alphabet since he was 2! Kids learn so much younger these days, I imagine using computers is the reason.

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