Today's date is stuck in my head for all time, not because it was the first day of school for 2008. Oh, no. It was much more insidious than that. I got the "privilege" of filling out seven sets of back-to-school papers. I filled in our address, emergency contacts, doctor's name and phone number, etc, so many times, that I think I'll be doing it in my sleep tonight. My brain is FRIED.
I figure if I get all of that done right away, then it will reduce the risk of being contacted by a school nurse. Last year, I had the opportunity to talk to every one of the school nurses a number of times. There's just something about our family and freak accidents and illnesses.
The kids excitedly got ready for school today. We had a little incident of missing shoes, but that was eventually resolved. Some tummies were upset from nervousness. All the younger kids wanted to get out to the bus stop early even though you can see the bus coming way down the road from our bathroom look-out window.
When everyone had gone, I finished up the dishes, made a little breakfast and plopped myself down on the couch and drank in the silence! I might have even napped a little. Shhhhh! Kody plopped down on the floor next to me terribly dejected.
I was anxious to hear how everything went, but before that, I watched a little TV (There's nothing good on during the day!), then I went to the library, got a country-style chicken sandwich and Coke at McDonald's, canvassed Goodwill, then made a run to Big Lots. By the time I got home, I had just enough time to cool down before the Gruesome Threesome came tumbling with smiles on their faces and stories to tell, the most important story being that there was NO ice cream today in the cafeteria. Life is hard that way sometimes.
Keva's bus came half an hour later. I chatted with the bus driver and her assistant for a few minutes holding up neighborhood traffic. How the neighbors must love me.
Then, came Kathleen who said that she actually felt relaxed during school. She had been so worried that things wouldn't work out, but everything went fine. She likes her teachers so far, and she's in some good classes. She gave me the packet of paperwork in the "vanilla" envelope.
"You mean the manila envelope?"
"No, the vanilla envelope! You mean I've been saying it wrong all this time?"
Keri Lynn, who rides with her friend Briana and her mom, came next with a surprisingly light load of books and a little bit of the dreaded Euclidiean Geometry homework. Does anyone even know what Euclidean Geometry is? I mean, as opposed to regular geometry? I guess Keri Lynn will know. It sounds so scholarly! She, too, had a good day. Three of her classes are in the same building, so she feels like she doesn't get to see sunlight for most of the school day!
Kristofer was last, coming in a little after 4:00 with a light backpack, too. He absolutely adored his history teacher, history being a subject that interests him immensely. He also likes his visual arts class, where he'll get to do a lot of art projects throughout the semester. He's not so wild about Algebra 2, though. Fortunately, he can use his calculator to do the basic math that he has such trouble with. However, he may do just fine with the conceptual side of math. We'll see!
I asked him, "Did you enjoy pizza for lunch?"
"Oh, yeah! It was great! I'm going to have pizza every day. It's the good kind, too!"
Last year, Kristofer was in the ninth grade building with its own cafeteria and media center, and apparently pizza was not offered daily like it is in the main cafeteria. AND, he has third lunch, as opposed to fourth lunch like he had last year, which should really be outlawed. No kid, or teacher, or substitute teacher should have to wait until nearly 1:30 to eat lunch!
All in all, it was a great first day of school. The kids are now in bed. Alarm clocks are set. As Kylie says, "School is actually kind of fun."