First day of school


There seem to be two definitive camps of mothers: Those who cry on the first day of school, and those who rejoice with the “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” commercial from Staples playing gleefully in their heads. I’ll give you one guess as to which camp I fall into…

{Let’s just say, I’m not sitting here with a box of tissues and pint of ice cream. I assume that comes as no surprise.}

It’s not that I’m totally void of emotion or sentimentality, it’s just that I’m ready for the kids to be back into school already. I’m done with the late summer nights and non-stop washes of bathing suits and pool towels. I’m over the all day play-dates and incessant begging for snacks. I’m through with the never ending afternoons in the sun and mosquito bite covered legs. So long, summer.

I’m ready to bang out the lunchboxes assembly line style and lay out the school clothes the night before. I’m ready to drop children off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. I’m ready to get back into a routine, thank you very much.

Sure, I’ll have my moments of tears here and there, but for today? I’m all smiles.

And, so was she.

First Grade


  1. 2

    Jen says

    Yep. When they each went to K, I cried. Now we’re gearing up for grades EIGHT and THREE and I can’t wait!

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    Kerry says

    One week from today and I’m right there with ya! She is darling and looks ready to hit the books. Have a lovely day all to yourself.

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    hunterswriter says

    I am so the celebrating type. I too am sick of wet clothes form the pool, late nights, summer entertaining, and I am glad to be able to work here at home in the blessed peace and quiet without hopping up half a bajillion times to fetch and carry!!!

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    Maria @BOREDmommy says

    I won’t be crying about anything other than having to get up earlier, and get dressed to take him to school, and I’m okay with that. Your daughter is beautiful.

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      janelle says

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who looked at the picture of that beautiful child and thought “I love the hurricane lamp on the stone in the background.”

      Lily is cute though too. :)

  5. 13

    Christine @Grub, Sweat and Cheers says

    My eldest is starting Gr. 1 in a couple weeks and because this is the big step up to ‘real’ full-time school I think I will be a bit teary. For about 5 minutes. I am really looking forward to getting back into a schedule though, who knew the airy-fairyness of summer could get so tiring.

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    Laura says

    I’m with you..I remember dropping my twins at preschool last year, many of the moms were standing around dabbing at their tears…I casually said ” Well, anyone up for Target run and a stop off at Starbucks?” Silence. Needless to say, I went by myself. And it was fabulous. Enjoy..

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    threeundertwo says

    With a 14 year old and two 12 year olds heading off, you can bet I’m singing and dancing. I need a break from hormones and attitudes. I’m going out this morning and treating myself to a big latte and a shopping trip. For *me*.

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    Jen says

    Aww, congrats! It’ll be a great year!

    btw: I’m one of those in the weepy camp. Mostly, I’m weepy about losing my go-fers. “Sweetie, can you go bring me my notebook and pen from upstairs?” “Honey, could you please bring me a glass of water?” “WHO USED ALL THE TP? Someone better bring me a roll right now. How many times do I have to tell you, whoever uses the last of the toilet paper NEEDS TO REPLACE THE ROLL!!! ” (Sorry. I tend to over share when I get weepy.)

    But seriously, who will bring me a roll of tp *now* when I’m stranded? I have a chihuahua for chrissakes. She can’t reach the shelf.

    Sigh. I’ll miss those kids during the day.

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    Dana says

    I think she is just as excited as you are! It must be great to have a daughter who is excited to get back to school.

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    Kate Shields says

    You’re happy — and guess what? You’re right — so is she. It’s a beautiful thing. P.S. Anyone who claims they cry because they are getting babysitting services is LYING. We cry because our babies are growing by leaps and bounds in front of our eyes.

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    Marylin says

    I’m *so* with you on this one! My son just started primary school (hi from Scotland btw, lol) last week and I am LOVING having some *quiet* time in the mornings! I can’t wait till he starts full time next week! ;)

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    ABCfibi says

    I have mom friends who cry and mom friends who can not wait for their kids to go back to school. As for me, I don’t know yet. My one and only starts preschool for the first time next week. I am excited for her because she is going to love it. I am going to try not to cry, but I won’t promise anything. I won’t lie, I am excited to have two hours, three days a week with uninterrupted work time.

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    Jennifer says

    I’m having a hard time this year, but hopefully it is just because it is the first year and after this we will be all parties and happiness and bubbles and candy and fun stuff when school starts.

    Lily is beautiful.

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