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Saturday, September 9, 2017

School begins 2017


The first week (fine, 4 days actually, due to the holiday) of the school year has been successfully completed! Hip hip hooray!  Champ was back to teaching many weeks ago, and my work continued on too, but during that time the boys were still in full on summer vacation mode.  Now they have switched to school mode and are as happy as clams to be transitioning.

 

 Third grade and Kindergarten.  Indeed the time has arrived- they are both in school.  I had to dig deeeeep in my archives to find this; click it if you choose and find my sentiments on Bear the kindergartner to be the same as on Ace the kindergartner.  Let's move on...

 
We celebrated the start of school with our now solid family traditions: school crowns and schultute, a hearty breakfast, "Kissing Hand" hearts, and lots of morning photos taken.  In the evening we had a Back to School Feast with a menu of favorites chosen by the boys and with an emphasis on our family motto for the year "Nurture All" (in support of  Pope Francis's Laudata Si).  I am perfectly ok with admitting that it was these very traditions that pulled me along from moment to moment so that in the end I did not collapse in to a wubbling pile of tears.  Our assent to being fully in the school years is no different than any other family.  Babies eventually grown up and education begins in some form or another, but oh when those babies are your very own there is nothing straightforward about it.