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excitement, not sadness

I find myself unable to relate to the sentiments of some parents when school is starting up again. I LOVED school when I was a kid (even as a high schooler. Mostly because SCHOOL SUPPLIES.) and I am thrilled to see the same look of excitement on Maggie’s face when the first day of school comes back around.

first day of 2nd grade!

She was practically BOUNCING to the bus stop. I had to beg her the night before to please sleep until 7am please please please do not come downstairs at 5:30am dressed and ready to go. YOUR BUS COMES AT 8:30, we have plenty of time! (She listened, thank goodness.) She was chanting “SCHOOL SCHOOL SCHOOL!” as we left the neighbor’s house the night before and I said “Let’s go home for a shower, IT’S A SCHOOL NIGHT!” I meant it as a tease and she took it as a cheer.

Maybe it’s because we’ve always had time apart because of daycare- even when it was just one day a week when she was a wee little thing. Everyone in our house just seems to get along better when we’ve had our time at Our Places, as I like to call them. For sure, Audrey and Maggie get along better when they get a break from each other (OMG THE BICKERING). It’s just how it’s always been and we kind of fell apart last summer when we had endless stretches of unscheduled time to stare at each other all day. She needs the stimulation of school and her teachers and her friends. She loves learning new things. She can’t WAIT to learn cursive this year. And multiplication. And music.

Do I miss her when she’s gone? Some days, I suppose I do. But I love when she walks in the door from the bus, bouncing in with her backpack and her lunchbox and her armful of papers she colored on the bus and her new library book. I love how she sighs dramatically when I ask how her day was, and she says “TIRING!” I love how she loves school.

I hope she loves it for a long time.

first day of 2nd grade!
Audrey needed to be in the picture too.

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9 Comments

  1. april
    @aprilbapryll

    I would admit to a little anxiety when school started this year, but mostly for getting everything together. I’m excited for S to go back to school and he’s enjoying it – he really likes school.

    Aug 29 3:09 pm


  2. Priscilla
    @pgreen730

    Yeah, I’m sort of the same way. I’m not sad about them being away from me, I’m sad for other reasons like them growing up.

    Aug 29 3:30 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      YES. The milestones make me a bit weepy! But not the going to school part. Go! Have fun! Tell me all about it when you get home!

      Aug 29 3:31 pm


  3. bessie.viola
    @bessie_viola

    I LOVE school days – I love the structure of it. I was so excited for her last year for K, and I didn’t even get too worked up about her graduation. But this year? Now that she’s a first-grader and, basically, a big kid moved out of the “pre/K” area? I am a bit… not sad, maybe, but just emotional at how fast it’s gone already. And how fast I know it will go from here out.

    Maggie is so sweet – I hope she’s having a great first week!

    Aug 29 4:33 pm


  4. Erica
    @ericahuff

    YES GIVE US ALL THE SCHOOLS.

    Aug 29 5:29 pm


  5. I’m with you 100%

    Aug 31 10:08 am


  6. K
    @twoadults

    HO-LEE crapballs look at how big Audrey is.

    ???!!!

    And I love that Maggie loves school. I always did, too.

    Sep 4 7:46 pm


  7. Twinmamateb

    omg when did Audrey get to be a pre-teen?!?! Her face screams “i’m playing with all of *her* dolls while she’s away, mwuahahaha”

    Sep 5 10:26 am