Friday
Sep072018

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Thursday
Sep062018

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Wednesday
Sep052018

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Today was a BIG first in our household. While lots of moms sent their kids to school for their FIRST first days back when they were in kindergarten, I considered today, to be Calvin's FIRST first day as he went off to our public middle school for the elective hours. It's true that I dropped him off at the intermediate school for band class a couple of days each week for the last two years, but then he was just slipping into and out of the band room and I was dropping him off and picking him up. This year he is taking not just band, but also a second elective class (to change every quarter), which means putting his stuff in a locker, keeping track of homework, and even...get this...riding the bus home.

I'll admit. I was worried. The bus when I was in middle school was no pleasant place to be. Actually, neither was the school most of the time. I remember middle school as a veritable obstacle course of social missteps and catastrophes. There were a few good times, of course, but what stands out the most in my mind was the overall awkwardness of those years. So when I dropped Calvin off after lunch today for his first day of classes I think I had more first day jitters than he did. 

And actually, he came home all smiles. He loved the classes—band was a given, of course, but he also loved his other class which is sculpture this quarter. More surprisingly, he loved riding the bus. And finally, after all these years, I have some of the actual first day of school pictures to add to my collection!


Tuesday
Sep042018

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Lunch and shopping with my parents has been a self-renewing event on our calendar for nearly twelve years now. I think it started originally as just a lunch or two a month, scattered here and there to celebrate little milestones, like "oh, he's one month old!" or "first day of mommy and me music". As the months went by, the "celebrations" became more frequent and narrowed down to just mom and us, since my dad was still working. They were my break from the monotony of "momhood" and an extra chance for some adult conversation during the day. Somewhere along the way we added grocery shopping after lunch, and later, after he retired we added my dad back in. The day of week has moved around, and trips here or there put things on hold for a week or two at a time, but for pretty much all of Calvin's life that event has been a constant. Until now. This year Calvin is at the public school for about two hours every afternoon, and at the same time he's embarking on more in-depth subject studies, so our mornings have had to be more disciplined, meaning, at least for now, the lunch and shopping tradition is on hold. Today was a our last trip together for a while.

This year has brought lots of changes to our schedule, our way of living, our home...and while change is often freeing and growth-inducing, sometimes it can also feel like the jaws of an alligator closing around a susceptible finger. 

Monday
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