Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Starting Line

It's a special day!  Ian is, at this moment, embarking on one of the most important and exciting adventures of his life: his formal education.  As long-term students and current educators, Eric and I couldn't be more delighted for him and the experiences he's going to encounter.  It almost makes us wish we could do it all over again....but then we're reminded of my 19 years and Eric's 24 years of schooling (whew!), and we're just simply happy for Ian. 

And he's so ready.  We have no doubt that he's going to take to full-day kindergarten like a fish to water.  His little brain is like a sponge right now, soaking up every bit of information and experience he can.  Exploring and questioning and retaining are second-nature to him at this stage of the game, and making new friends will be so fun. 

We wouldn't be honest if we said we weren't going to miss him, but our excitement for what he's embarking upon far outweighs any sadness over his being gone for the better part of every weekday.  It's just SO COOL that he's in school! 

So this morning was spent acting out all the school morning steps we'd been practicing all week:  up and at 'em at 6:30, hopping in the shower, getting dressed in his school uniform, having a good breakfast, packing his lunch, brushing his teeth, and walking around the corner to the bus stop.   He's already so good at the routine that we had about 15 minutes to spare, which was a good time for the quintessential first day of school photos on the doorstep.  Then, at the bus stop, he got his "game face" on, and climbed up those steps like he was an old pro, not even stopping to wave or say good-bye.  A little man, crossing the starting line for a great adventure. 


  1. I LOVED this!!! Such an adequate explanation of all that is the 1st day of school. I also love that we're experiencing this process at the same time. My mom was reminding me today of my time spent with you all in my early years while she was at amazing that we're still walking through life together so many years later. I am blessed! LOVE YOU OGLESBEES!!!

  2. I love you like my own sister, Shell! :) It IS great that we still have so much to connect over after all these years.

  3. Nana (Pam) OglesbeeAugust 25, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Brought back so many memories especially with Eric as my last child to leave for school the first time. I so well remember the emotions of that day. I today think of what a fine man my son has become and feel blessed to be the mom of 2 son's that are wonderful men!

    Time will fly...glad you are documenting and enjoying the journey! Love you all. Mum

  4. AWW! You girls made me teary-eyed. Seems like not long ago you were cute, sweet little girls playing together, and now you're moms of school-aged children. You are both wonderful moms! Glad to be able to watch you experience the joys and challenges of motherhood. Continue to enjoy each adventure! Love you both! Mamma Bev