Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Freshman. Already?

Oh, mercy! Another milestone. My oldest son left this morning for his first day of high school! High school!!!

For years parents of older children have advised appreciating every moment as it goes by so quickly. I have smiled and nodded thinking they were overdramatic and sentimental. After all we are talking about 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for fourteen years!

At times over the years I have to admit to thinking, "oh, when they are grown up and we have the house to ourselves, we will...", especially when the boys fight incessantly over a game, track yet another pound of mud into the house, or dirty every dish we own.

But somehow those words would echo in my mind..."it goes by so fast". I would think to myself, don't wish this time away, just round 'em up and get them washing dishes. Ha! ...or sit and listen to their stories.. ...or watch them puzzle out a problem. ...or marvel at the 7th-8th grade growth spurt. ...or enjoy another sporting event.

Fumbling with the camera and a deluge of emotions, I watched him walk away. He's so ready for more challenges, more learning, more life. Am I ready? Yes, I think I am. I'm so proud of the young man he's become and am anxious to see him tackle, sometimes fall and get up again in all things high school. Go for it, Oldest!

*Incidently, those girls saw me lift the camera and teased him, so I'm in big trouble when he gets home!


Nancy said...

It's funny you mentioned the girls teasing him when they saw you with camera because that was my first thought when I saw the picture! Hope he enjoys his day. I hope Alison sees him tomorrow in the hallway!

Living on the Spit said...

Ah, this made me dread (just a tiny bit) the back to school doesn't start until the day after Labor Day, so I have a little bit longer. You have done a great job!

Jenny said...

Oldest is so easy-going. It will serve him well in high school! When I picked him up he didn't even mention the picture and told me all about his day. I apologized anyway and he said, "No big deal". He really liked his first day.

Oh, to start after Labor Day!!!

kimj said...

So glad he liked his first day of high school! I was telling Nancy yesterday that it will be nice for Ian to see Alison and her friends at school (pretty sure that he won't get the warm fuzzies from his big brother!)... same with M... it will be nice for him to see a familiar and friendly face in the halls of WHS!

Carla said...

When you are in the middle of it, it lasts forever, when you look back, you see it flew by! My BABY is a Senior this year! People told me that cherish the moments stuff too-and I didn't, but I'm trying to now-most of the time;)

Sarah H. said...

Awww, what a sweet mom you are. And what fine, handsome young men those boys of yours are growing into! Congratulations on getting them so far in life.

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