Wednesday, August 17, 2011

First


I've learned a few things about first grade over the past two days.

1. Music class is something worth shouting about.
2. The cafeteria milk is the best ever.
3. Boys (almost) universally think lunch and recess are the best parts of the day.
4. Young'ns these days are allowed to keep water bottles at their desks. (I'm scandalized.)

It felt like I had just hauled him all weepy-eyed off to kindergarten two or three weeks ago, and now this. All day school.

In the weeks leading up to the big day, I began to sort of understand the urge to just keep him here with me. Right here. But in the end, I scrambled him some eggs and crammed tissue boxes and crayons and glue sticks into his back pack.

While he ate his eggs at the island, his brother and sister still asleep, I smoothed this over his soul, "I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me."(Psalm 16:8) I figured it couldn't hurt.

Then I sent him off to make his way. It's where he needs to be. He's got learning to do, and it's not all book-work.

He hiked up those school bus steps like a man with purpose. His eyes were dry, and so were mine, because he was ready, so I could be, too.

(The second the bus pulled away, Ruby's face crumpled into a wail..."IIIIII Waaaaaaant Calllllllvinnnnnnn!" None of us saw that coming.)

I don't know how we got here already, but I'm proud of my boy. He's learning every single day about who he is, who he was made to be.

And for now, he's quasi-compliant with my endless questions when he walks back through the door at 3:08, so I'm golden.

44 comments:

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  2. how do you get over the missing? Shel cried when Q went to school. He wanted to go too...hater.

    I'm not ready. When will I be ready?

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  3. That is one handsome little first grader!!

    Glad you posted this, my oldest is heading to kindergarten in a few weeks and I am an emotional wreck! I imagine our days going very similarly. I already know he will love school ... and that his sister will cry when he's gone ... me on the other hand ... I'm just hoping I don't embarrass myself too bad.

    Way to go Calvin!!!

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  4. I'm deleting my first comment because it makes me feel weird.

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  5. Pure joy.
    It seems to me that it won't just be Calvin learning the many lessons that 'big school' has to offer.

    Happy day!

    xx Felicity

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  6. He looked like one happy, confident guy. And how cool is it that he's allowed to wear flip flops to 1st grade. My 3rd grade would be jealous.

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  7. bless his buttons! he is a little man. hooray for first grade!
    i'm calling you when elijah goes to school. i'll need a thick slathering of that scripture over me. xo

    p.s. proud of you, you're a great mama!

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  8. The non-book learning is the best. We don't start with the book kind around here till after labor day, Michigan law now. But I am so glad he answers your questions. My soon-to-be 1st grader says, "Mom, I just want to relax now."

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  9. He is such a cutie!! I tell my daughter the same thing and I think it brings her peace knowing He is always with her/us.

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  10. I'd love to know how you decided between homeschooling & public school? Cuz quite frankly you seem like the homeschooling type. :) But, coming from a family of 5 (on my husbands side) who ALL homeschool...and us who are leaning toward public school...oddly enough I find this post comforting!
    God Bless!

    Rebecca

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  11. He is so fantastic!
    I am thrilled that he is doing so well.
    Cafeteria milk sounds positively delish ; )

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  12. Thanks for this post.

    My little one starts First Grade tomorrow.

    How did this happen? Didn't I just deliver her yesterday? Waaaah!

    She is over the moon excited. And I am excited for her...

    ...but all day?!!!

    Blessings,
    Val

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  13. Thanks for this post. Kids grow up so fast it's nice to be reminded of these milestone days.
    My youngest turned 18 last june, and my oldest 27 a week ago, and I still look at them and ask where the little hands that held mine to cross the street have gone...

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  14. Aw. First grade already?
    We'll start our first day of homeschool for my youngest today. Fourth grade. I cannot believe it. I can't.

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  15. What a big boy! I crumpled like Ruby after taking Emma to school on Monday.

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  16. Oh heavens, he is such a cutie-pie!! My little guy used to cry when his big siblings when to school too. Wanted to know when it was his turn... now he hates my thousand questions about his day (unless it's about lunch and recess!)

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  17. So excited he is in first grade as I am the music substitute. I hope I get to have him in class sometime this year! And music class is something worth shouting about.

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  18. water bottles at their desk! I always wanted a pitcher of water on my desk....there was no bottled water in those days of my Little House on the P. life. I am sad that Miss Aubrie starts all day kindergarten today. How did this happen? Oh yeah, I got old. Hugs to dear Ruby.

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  19. I love your soul smoothing....I think I will try that. How do you think that will go over with an 11th + 9th grader...boys at that....

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  20. My son is in second grade this year and was very upset after the first day that recess was not immediately after lunch like it was last year. Recess is very important, for the kids and teachers.

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  21. Awwww, bless her heart! I'm glad he enjoys school. He's such a smart boy already and has many more things to learn. Hope he had a great first day!

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  22. I'm not sure boys ever really outgrow the important of lunch and recess. Hubby still loves both - though recess is now the time he can spend running or playing basketball after work. Happy first day of school!

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  23. What a beautiful "I'm ready to take on first grade!" kind of smile. Love it!

    And kudos to you for supporting him where he needs to be. Non-book learning is oh-so-important.

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  24. What?? Water bottles at their desks??? So glad that I am not in first grade right now. That was my only excuse to get out and wander the hallways! Haha!

    Seriously, though...he is a cutie! Such a little man ready to take on the world. Rock on, Calvin!

    Mary

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  25. Such a cutie! And I love that you "smoothed" that verse over him. It is a great one!

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  26. Wow! Congratulations Calvin! I just can't get over how big your kiddos are getting. I hope when mine go off to school they cooperate as well with my endless questions. Because I'll want to know EVERYTHING! :)

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  27. Oh that Calvin is one handsome boy!
    First grade. Gone all day. Big doins, Farmgirl!
    p.s. Cafeteria milk cost five cents when I was in first grade. Hot lunch was ten. Ten cents for a whole lunch. Crazy.

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  28. I need to start the tradition of a verse on th first day of school. What a great idea!

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  29. Seeing that early morning, half misty/half foggy sky in the background...man, took me right back to when I was a little one myself going to school! What a wonderful time right now :)

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  30. Beautiful pictures, beautiful post!!

    Awww...so sweet. I'm so glad he's happy to go. I remember dropping my nephew off to daycare when he was little and how he'd hang onto me for dear life. It was heartbreaking.

    However, he loved it there! He just told me the other day (he's not about to start third grade! how did that happen?!) "Oh, I loved it there! I had lots of friends!" Apparently, at the drop off, he would've just preferred to hang out with a 30 year old instead (me).

    School starts early for you! Mid August? What? What?

    Poor Ruby! I was always happy when my older sister went of to school. To this day, we are not very close, so it's nice to see that Ruby and Calvin love one another so so much.

    Can't wait to hear more updates about Calvin and first grade!

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  31. PS: my nephew IS about to start third grade...and apparently I can't type!

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  32. *sigh* They just grow up entirely too fast! Hope he had a wonderful day! Handsome little guy!

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  33. What a wonderful big step! I hope he just eats it up and learns heaps of new things. So exciting! I look at my little nephew and think of the day when he'll don a new backpack and lunchbox and head out to school. Got a few years to go before then...I'm not ready yet for sure!

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  34. aww, Sam had such a similar experience when Ethan went off to school...and yesterday he magically slept in and when he woke up the other two were already gone and that did NOT go over well!

    Sweet first grader!! I'm glad he was ready. Glad you were too...

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  35. Yea!!!! So happy the first was such a great day....and it's so fantastic when they are ready!!! My first grader starts next week... I think he is ready too!!!!
    xo,
    Lulu

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  36. oh first grade was a little hard for me. gone all day...waaaaa:( he'll do great! and so will they;)

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  37. Just look at that stud muffin cutie pie first grader! So thrilled for you that there were smiles all around ...well, except for Ruby. What a sweet sista.

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  38. So cute! School starts here in 2 weeks and Meg is just starting kindergarten (half-day). Thankful for the continuity that a fall schedule brings, but also just a tad bit sad that this summer is ending...

    (LOVE that verse!)

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  39. First, he has the BEST smile ever. Second, when my youngest (just you wait) went to first grade (so much longer than kindergarten!) I ended up at the doctor's thinking I had a heart attack. Seriously.

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  40. The little sister at our house had the same response to sending Brother to kindergarten. Thought you might want to see her pic!
    http://aimingarrows.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/first-day-of-kindergarten/

    (I have never commented on your blog but found you through your comments on my adoption post from a linky with Kelly's Korner.) Love reading about your family. It's fun to know we are not alone in the blessing of multi-racial families.

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  41. #1 makes me smile real big as I used to be the music teacher! Kelly

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