Well, summer break is officially over for my kiddos. Today was the first day of school. They actually had a set bedtime last night, and this morning when 6:00 rolled around, they had to drag themselves out of bed. (Letting them sleep ’til they get up themselves is one of the things about summer break I’ll miss the most, by the way.) Waking children who do not want to get up is no fun! After all the feet finally hit the floor, it was the usual “Get dressed-Brush your hair-Make sure you have your backpack-Get your breakfast eaten-Where’s your belt?-GET YOUR SHOES ON!!!-Come on, the bus is here!” times five, and off to school they went. Today was a half day, so my house wasn’t quiet for very long. The bus pulled up to the driveway just in time for my crew to eat lunch. As soon as everyone walked in the door, I heard about five different first days of school — at the same time, I might add. Utter chaos. Apparently a lot can be learned in a half day of school! Here’s how the year’s going to go… The girls are going to be good every day so they’ll get a piece of candy from their teacher before the dismissal bell rings. (Oh sure, give them a sugar rush and then send them home to me. Thank you very much.)
The librarian is still there (there had been rumors — and hopes — that she was going to retire).
The girls really missed all their friends over the summer. (I guess talking to said friends 20 times a day and having them over for slumber parties is just not enough interaction.)
The eighth-grade lockers are too small to hold backpacks. (Hmm, how are all the textbooks going to fit, I wonder?)
There are no new kids in the eighth grade. (The school is a K-12 school and has about 300 kids in all grades, so this is a big deal.)
School lunches will be just as yucky this year as they were last year. (I can appreciate helping in the fight against childhood obesity by making school food healthier, but I really don’t think making the food taste so bad that kids just plain won’t eat it is the way to go.)
Math is going to be so hard that one of my sons doesn’t think he’s going to pass unless he actually pays attention. (Wow. Just…wow. I still can’t wrap my mind around that one.)
Anyway, I’m looking forward (for the most part) to seeing what this school year holds. If your kids have started school yet, were they glad or sad summer was over?