…could not have gone better!
Once she woke up, Riley was super chipper and excited. She and Daddy packed up all of their stuff, and away they drove while Adrian and I waved from the door.
Back inside, I got Adrian his breakfast and put on his new favorite show, Monster Trucks. Then Sidney woke up. We all got ready and were out the door by 7:28.
I had from 8 until 4 to myself. Just me, a couple syllabi, lesson plans, paper prompts, Spanish verbs, a couple pages of fiction, and some composition theory to read in the morning. Then a couple of hours of straightening up and getting our house out of summer-play mode and into a more functional, more sustainable state of play and organization for the fall semester. Then it was back to the books before Shawn and Riley came home and we left to pick up the littles and go out for pizza to celebrate the first day.
Yes, I missed the little ones.
And yes, I enjoyed the quiet. The time to myself. I had an hour or two to myself a couple of times over the summer – a morning of writing at Panera, an hour at Target in Virginia, some time at night – but mostly the time was full of family and food requests and block-building and running and swimming. Just full. Wonderfully full. But I am glad to have a couple of days before my semester starts to gather myself, get the house in order, and enjoy the quiet.
Riley had a great day. Shawn, too. She learned three playground rules, read a book called No David, ate all of her lunch except for her sandwich, took a tour of the school, and held a boy’s hand while walking through the halls.
This morning, she was tired. I basically dressed a zombie. But then she got up, gave hugs, and headed out the door full of smiles.
I know she won’t always be this excited to go to school, but I do hope to foster in her an intense passion for school and learning. Sure, there are problems with the public education system and yes, technology is bringing about some big changes in how learning happens. But I have to believe that as long as she is excited about school, she will develop an intense desire to engage in all of the opportunities that will unfold in the course of the school day, opportunities to connect with her peers and teachers, opportunities to grow and learn, opportunities to understand right and wrong, opportunities to express gratitude and good manners, and opportunities to dream, and dream big.
And when I go back to school on Monday, these are the opportunities that await me, too. I couldn’t be more excited!