First Day of School Blues


Mama would be the one with those blues, here; not the kids.

Both Madalyn and John-Zachary have been delivered to their third-grade and kindergarten classrooms, respectively. They were fine. I, not so much. Oh, I’m not in the depths of despair or anything but I will admit to feeling a bit blue. Part of this is due to the plain fact of summer being over. I, as I have often stated, hate the school-year routine. I dislike all the work we have to do every night to be ready for school the next morning. Getting up early is the pits, as is rushing around trying to get ready and get to school on time. Plus I resent being at the mercy of the public school system when it comes to my schedule.

Besides that, though, I am a little sad for another reason. The summer went by so fast and, somehow, it has suddenly struck me how few summers we have left with the kids being little. Sure, on paper it may seem like a lot — Madalyn isn’t even eight yet. But these three months blew by in a flash, and last school year went by very quickly, as well. I have no reason to believe this year won’t be the same (especially with the busyness of having all three attending at least part of the time). Before I know it, it will be summer again and that summer, too, will be over in a heartbeat. And so it will continue on down the line until we only have two kids home during the summer….then one….then none. Not to mention that, sure, we may have another nine summers before the first one leaves the nest, but how many more of those will she actually want to spend the entire time with her family? We have very few years left before Madalyn starts branching out and leaving us behind, at least for part of the summer. JZ won’t be too far behind.

Ah, but perhaps I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. After all, I’m sitting here, right now, with a small toddler next to me, who’s trying to put on a pair of shorts and squawking in frustration because she can’t quite figure it out. Just an hour ago I was worrying that JZ would be too bashful to ask his teacher to go to the bathroom when needed. So maybe we’ve got a little more time than I’m so pessimistically projecting. Still, though, it does remind me that we need to savor each day and not wish our lives away by rushing time to get to some far-off point in the future.

Enough philosophy. How about a couple first-day-of-school pictures?



About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

5 responses »

  1. Oh, they have gotten so big! We have 2 weeks of summer vacation left, and I am also dreading the return to the “out the door at 7:45 every day” routine. Today we got up around 9:30 a.m. and that was fine with me — but I think starting next week I will have to start weaning them back onto a more realistic schedule.

  2. I hate the school schedule too, summer has so much more freedom. School starts back next week here and I’m not looking forward to it at all. Summer definitely didn’t last long enough here.
    The kids look so cute though, and wow have they grown!!

  3. They are getting so big Mary! I am right there with you on the whole hustle and bustle of the school year. Some days I just like knowing I don’t have to go ANYWHERE!! I also had summer remorse as well. I mean man was it over with fast this year, and I feel like we didn’t do any of the things that I wanted to do. OH well, we will try it again next summer. I do wish time would slow down just a tad though, well not so much during the school year, but summer, yea summer can slow way down!!

  4. Totally agree with you. The summer totally flew by and I can’t believe my baby is in big-kid school. At least she already knows the teacher and almost half the class………

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