There were made to order breakfasts and gifts under our pillows when we returned from school that day. Even the kids looked forward to it. Long into our college years we would remind our dear mother that school was starting and we should be rewarded for being such good studies.
This week, the girlchild started Kindergarten. As excited for her as I am, I wish I still have a few more years of school-less children to take random middle of the year vacations with and not worry about what they are missing in school. Soon she'll be reading and writing and doing complex math and I'll be saying, I don't remember how to do this or that, it's been soooo long.
A good friend told me how she took first day of school pictures with her boys so they could see how they grew and changed each year. So, here is my first, first day of school with my kids picture, many, many more to follow: