Thursday, August 11, 2011

School Days

I didn't participate in Joyce's Wednesday Hodgepodge yesterday, but one of her questions was about back to school traditions. It was very timely for me, since yesterday was the actual first day of school here in our town.

The first day of school was always an exciting time. As a child, I was anxious to meet my new teacher, see all my friends, and experience the newness of the next grade level. I remember getting new school shoes, and the fun of new school supplies.

With our own children, there were some years that we had a campout out by the barn to mark the end of summer, and a couple of times we rented a cabin for a long weekend just before the start of school. It was exciting to take them for the registration day to find out who their teachers would be, and it was fun to take those school supply lists to the store to get everything they needed (not so much for for the checkbook, though!).

Of course, we always took a picture on the first day of school. Well, we tried to, anyway. I think it would be safe to say that some years it was actually a second (or third) day of school picture. Getting everyone up and showered and dressed and fed and hair combed and teeth brushed and shoes on and backpacks and lunch money with smiles on their faces in time for the school bus was, well, sometimes challenging. :)

I think this photo was probably 1994. And yes, we even matched for the first day of school. Adam was out to wave goodbye to the big kids, since preschool would not start for a couple of weeks.

I love this picture of Jamalyn's little girl Margaret taken on Tuesday. Looks like she will be just fine on her first day of kindergarten. Just as I would have predicted. Truly a classic Margaret photo.

Grandson Matthew was also ready and set for his first day of second grade at his new school.

And he even got to ride the bus home to our house yesterday. That brought back lots of memories!

When we asked him about his day, he answered, "Just a regular first day of school." Oh the wisdom of a second grader!

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