First Day of School
Crawling, walking, first words-these are the milestones that every expectant parent begins to imagine before even meeting that precious bundle of joy. In what seems like just the blink of an eye, the same parent that wondered if little Johnny would EVER sleep through the night, is mentally preparing for the first day of Kindergarten.
I was no exception. Boy did I think about it. I had a plan. Age three: enter pre-school, half days, twice a week. Age four: Up the ante; it’s half days, three days a week for you now kid. An October birthday meant missing the Kindergarten cut-off by a few weeks. No problem. We’ll take half days everyday. We must get you ready for the rigors of school. Enter Kindergarten. Repeat with baby number two. Mom goes back to work. Done-zo.
Homeschooling was nowhere on my radar. Nowhere. But then Max turned three and I couldn't find a single place that satisfied my needs for him. Then he was four...five. Out of nowhere he was reading and when he told his pediatrician that his favorite astronaut was Neil Armstrong and the doctor replied, “Oh man. Kindergarten is going to be real boring for you,” I started to wonder. When my husband and I discussed it, he was convinced homeschooling was the way to go. I was hesitant to say the least. One of the first things I ridiculously thought of was, “What about his first day of school?”
I wanted the First Day of School picture. And I'll be honest that I wanted it in part to share on social media, just like everyone else. The picture with the oversized back pack and a front tooth missing. And don’t forget about the super cute chalkboards that list the kid’s life ambitions and favorite zoo animal…and color…and any number of things one can think to fit onto the 9x12 chalkboard that for me was doomed to be a Pinterest fail.
Well, I wanted a First Day of School picture, so here it is. Not on the steps of our front porch or in front of the marquee at the elementary school, but on a campsite near the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina waiting to experience the first total solar eclipse viewable on US soil since 1976. And you know what? It's even better than I imagined.
First Day of School
August 21, 2017