Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to School

Yesterday morning began with an email to Dad:

dear DADY,

I WAs wundering if you cud come to techer night.



Who can say "no" to that?  So, at 3pm, we all headed into school to meet the new teachers.  Ruby was elated and Eli was more than a little nervous.

The stack of books waiting for Eli on his desk.  (This is when Mom became a little nervous!)

After Eli met his teacher, he was much calmer.  

Instead of a large stack of books, these were waiting for Ruby on her desk!

We also took a few minutes to visit Ruby's teacher from last year.  There were big hugs and a lot of "How much did you grow this summer?"s!

This morning both kids were up shortly after I returned from my walk (about 6 a m).  We started with a fun first day breakfast...

They got ready while I made lunches.  Then it came time for Mom's favorite part-- the first day of school photo session!

The photo session is defiantly not Eli's idea of a good time!

Finally, I read them a post from Momastery called "For Adam".    My most favorite part says this:

Chase – We do not care if you are the smartest or fastest or coolest or funniest. There will be lots of contests at school, and we don’t care if you win a single one of them. We don’t care if you get straight As. We don’t care if the girls think you’re cute or whether you’re picked first or last for kickball at recess. We don’t care if you are your teacher’s favorite or not. We don’t care if you have the best clothes or most Pokemon cards or coolest gadgets. We just don’t care. We don’t send you to school to become the best at anything at all. We already love you as much as we possibly could. You do not have to earn our love or pride and you can’t lose it. That’s done. We send you to school to practice being brave and kind.

but really, you should go read the whole thing!

Then, my 5th grader asked if he could take our extra school supplies with him.  There's a boy who came to school last year without any supplies, not even a backpack.  He wanted to quietly give supplies to this boy so the teacher wouldn't get mad at him, like last year's teacher did.  Seriously, heart of gold that kid.

We all walked to school together.  Eli walked about a block ahead most of the time.  He insisted on parting ways (i.e. giving me a hug and kiss) about a block from school and then ran off to the soccer field.  Ruby let me walk her a little closer, but not by much.  On the eerily quiet walk on the way home, I marveled at the fact that it was only a year ago that we moved to Minot.  Wow!  How we've all grown!

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