First Week of School

I can’t believe that school is back in session so early. I know that it makes a difference in the education of kids with crappy parents, but I feel like the good parents and the kids who still learn at home over the summer kind of get the shaft. It just seems like summer should be Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Rollie started first grade this year. FIRST GRADE. How do I have a first grader? I keep on thinking back to my first grade teacher, Miss Hamilton, at Northwestern Elementary in Crabapple. We only had one first grade. Rollie’s school has four first grade classes! I hope that his first grade experience is as rewarding as mine was. I remember my reading group, and the table at the back of the class where we would read together. I remember doing SRA cards, too. I remember music class with Mr. Martin and PE out on the field. I can still smell that old school.

We took Rollie to school the first day, because you have to send about three bags of supplies with the kids and they could never get it all on the bus and to school in one piece without some help. It was crowded, so Todd and Tiller dropped Rollie and I off out front and we went in together. He was so excited.

First Day of First Grade
We didn’t make it to class before they started the pledge of Allegiance. Everyone, parents and kids, all stopped in the hall and put their hands over their hearts and recited the pledge. It was comforting, in the same way that saying the Lord’s Prayer is comforting to me. I kissed him goodbye at his desk and headed back out.

Next day, we put him on the bus. Now, there is one little boy down the street who is in 2nd grade this year. He never rides the bus in the morning. Instead, it’s just Rollie and his harem:
At the Bus Stop

Yes, he has six girls at the bus stop with him. He is the only boy. Next year, with Tiller and her friend Josie down the street, the number will be eight girls to his one! Nice to have so many of them, so close in age, all on one street.

Good luck, little Man! I am very proud of you.

Love,
Mama

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11 comments

  • Love hearing them recite the pledge at school, never fails to bring a tear to my eye. Think it’s the fact that some things don’t change, I did it at that age, and generations will to come. Comforting, like you said. Rollie will rock first grade!

  • LOVE it! 1st grade? Wow! james is starting kindergarten in a few weeks. I can’t tell if he’s excited or nervous at this stage. A few friends from preschool will be in his class which should make the transition smooth. Hope you are well. KAT

  • Okay, oddly enough, a boy showed at the bus stop this morning. Another boy, I mean!

    James will do awesome! We are well. Sounds like y’all are, too!

  • cracking up about the Harem. so true.

    And I also totally remember 1st grade! my little brother was about the same age Jake is now… and i started a new school. we were living in an apartment while our new house was being finished. And strangely my strongest memory of that year is also the kidney shaped reading table where we had our “group’….. I can still picture every hall of that school. from the front office to the cafeteria, library, etc. Considering I went there for 6 years… that’s more than any other school! Go Dolittle Dragons (can you believe that name?)

    We’re lucky to have so many grade-schoolers on our block, and fab neighbors.

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