Wednesday, August 20, 2008

the 1st day of the rest of his life...

...apparently looks like this.

His first day of high school is today and this is the picture I took as we walked down the stairs and into a whole new phase of our lives.

I drove him and we chatted about choosing a locker, having a good attitude, how this was such an exciting fresh start. Made a quick kiss sound as he exited the car - no planting one on him for fear of other teenage eyes.

And I was just fine.

Until.

Until I pulled away and heard a commotion and saw what I guess was the spirit team in my rear view mirror. All running across the street to greet everyone coming to school. Wearing red and white, waving flags, blowing their whistles, weaving in and out of the crowd of kids entering the campus. I kept watching that rear view mirror as I felt it bubble up and out of me. Watched through great big giggling tears. Tears that are still coming as I type these words.

My, oh my, a new phase of our lives indeed, my beautiful funny inspirational crazy young man.

13 Comments:

Blogger Lili said...

Excellent photo, I say

8:51 AM  
Blogger Eileen W. said...

I love this shot, the story behind it and the crazy spirit team engulfing your son!! I would cry and laugh too. :)

10:04 AM  
Blogger Orange Pattern said...

You're an awesome mom. Your son is lucky.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous jennifer (dreemintrea) said...

i concur....both so very blessed to have been given each other. lap it up...lap it UP!

10:44 AM  
Blogger Nessie Noodle said...

happy first day of freshy PB!

enjoy it....

11:02 AM  
Blogger angela said...

two fridays from now i will put our little guy on the bus for kinder, oh my...the excitement and nervousness we have for them.
xo hope it's a great year for you both :)

5:37 AM  
Blogger amy said...

Hi,
I just popped over from Posy gets Cozy and this post brought tears to my eyes. My oldest started first grade this year and I had the same feeling. I guess there will always be that reminder that our job is to let go. Have a great school year and I am going to go snoop around on your blog some more.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

It was just 4 years ago that I had the very same experience. Last week was another new chapter, as my youngest started her first day of college. It is such a strange feeling,these new chapters. When she started high school I had that lump in my throat....then it passed and then high school was finished in a flash. Now I'm dealing with a slight empty nest syndrome and it isn't easy.
Good luck to your son, high school truly is an adventure.

2:17 PM  
Blogger RW said...

My children are starting grade 8 on Tuesday. I am excited for them. But, I can't quite believe it is happening...

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Great photo! Touching story. I'm popping in to say hello from Alicia's place. Hi!

10:28 AM  
Blogger LeS said...

aw, yes, thank you all for your comments :) this boy is doing great with school so far, seems to have slid right into a good routine of classes, social life and water polo. we are both lucky :)

And hello, new readers - how nice to meet you and hear about all of your kids, too! my goodness, aren't these grand scary exciting happy times?

8:44 AM  
Blogger Love Honor Disobey said...

what a lovely, lovely post...made me cry and smile at the same time!

4:52 AM  
Blogger daisies said...

hi ... just here from elena and this so touched me, my son starts highschool next year, eep ... tears ;-)

fabulous photo :)

3:04 PM  

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