Some Thoughts...

Twas the night before school started, when all through the town,
the parents were cheering...It was a riotous sound!
By 8, kids were washed and tucked into bed...
Where memories of homework filled them with dread!
New pencils, new folders, new notebooks too!
New teachers, new friends...Their anxiety grew!
The parents just giggled when they learned of this fright-
and shouted upstairs:
Go To Bed! It's A School Night!!
....M.Jordan, Letter to Parents 9/6/11

This year, my littlest one is starting first grade, my middle son is graduating primary school, and my oldest is starting his second year at middle school. And Mommy? Mommy is starting the first day of a new phase in her life. I don't know what it will be like later this morning when I return from drop-off, leaving my little baby to a full day of school. Last year my daughter had half-day kindergarten, and I had her for the other half of the day. But not anymore. It will be the first time all three of my children will be gone all day. Will I be jumping for joy? Probably not. Will I rush out and get a manicure? My hair done? No. Knowing me, I will get some housework done, then sit for a while in their rooms, reminiscing their days as babies, when I enjoyed them and my time as a stay at home Mom. It's been a great 10 and a half years. I was very fortunate to be able to stay home and raise them. I will remember all the great moments of their lives, their first steps, first foods, and their laughter. I will remember them running around, nagging at my knees and accompanying me on errands. I am gonna miss them. And the moment they are in my arms again will be a great one.

Yes, the first day is going to be tough, maybe the next day too. The third? Hmmm.

I will be in my scrap room. Yeah, I think creative endevours will be just the right medicine!

Looking forward to catching up with everyone and scrappin' again,

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Nadia Cannizzo said... [Reply] just made me cry. Really cry. You and I are identical in this. My first born will be starting school in January and I have secretly being crying inside for the last 5 years. I still have my 2yo and my unborn baby to go, so thank you for reminding me that this will all be over one day. Thank you. Good luck with it. Please tell us how it went.

Chantal Vandenberg said... [Reply]

Oh this is really touching, Janet! I'm with on this completely! I am really moved by your post! * sniff * It's wonderful - the way this is written and a great reminder too. Hugs! xo

MARILYN said... [Reply]

Oh, I understand how you're feeling!! My little baby, Alexander graduates from High School this year, He goes to the University and my girl goes for High School next year,too! Times flies so so fast!!! Enjoy each step with your kids! Your post melt my heart...very lovely!!! Hugs!!! :)

Heather Jacob said... [Reply]

Oh Janet a lovely heartfelt post ... just think though time goes so fast you will have grand children before you know it LOL !!! .... enjoy each moment of life .... I adore my "grandies" and I have enjoyed my family each step along the way .... take care sweetness ... xoxo
love that poem too xo

Kiwi The Kreator said... [Reply]

I have a sophomore in college, a sophomore in high school and a 3 year old starting preschool in a week or so. I have BEEN begging for a break for 3 years but now that it's finally here...I'll miss having him home during the day! Mommies are SOO emotional, aren't we????

Leeann Pearce said... [Reply]

just beautiful Janet!

it was nice of you to pop in too...thanks:)

scrapbookertink said... [Reply]

Gorgeous post, Janet, a new chapter in your life, I remember it well, soon your days will be filled with thing to do just for you, so enjoy that time and remember they will always come home at the end of the day, take care, Doreen x

Chantal Vandenberg said... [Reply]

Hi again! I just want to say a big thanks for your lovely comments on my blog! :D

Melinda said... [Reply]

Oh had me in did your first day go??? I hope it went well for you and your little ones. My eldest starts school next year and the other day I had his enrolement forms, booklist as well as uniform list and had a little cry..its all starting to seem so real that he will soon be gone every day. Thank you for making me appreciate the moments I do have with him now. Take care and hope you are well :))xx

jeanie g said... [Reply]

Hi Janet hope you are well and that your absence from blogging means you're out enjoying your "me" time. I suspect that's not the case but just wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed being with CCG the past few weeks and I love the poem. I remember it well even though it was 37 yrs ago my youngest left for her first day. Take care and many hugs. xxx

Digger Nick said... [Reply]