This morning I headed out for a run at about 07:40. As I went running down the streets of my neighborhood I quickly remembered it was the first day of school for our local schools. All the parents were fighting over parking places. All the beautiful moms were looking their best and many dads went to work late today so they could be there for the first day. I was running on the grass to avoid the crowds (making note to run earlier or later next time). There was that air of excitement running throughout the clusters of families. Nervous children excited to see their friends, but scared of a new class and hoping no one would make fun of their new outfit. The feeling of embarking on new adventures ran thick.
After going through 15 years of this ritual with my two older daughters and 4 with Emma, I was feeling so happy and completely blessed that I have the opportunity to home school Emma. I call it an opportunity because I fully understand how many moms would love to do this but are unable to because of their other responsibilities. I wanted to do it for years but had to work full time so I was unable to. But, now I do home school and I love it.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve read a ton of Facebook posts about how excited parents are that their kids are going back to school. I remember that feeling but I just don’t live in it anymore. I’m excited to discover what Emma will be learning this year. I’m excited to travel and explore new places and try new science experiments. I’m looking forward to reading all the new books and short stories and studying the history of our country together. I LOVE home school and in my heart the “happy my kid is back in school dance” is to a different beat. I’m glad I wont be away from my child all day I’m just so happy WE are back in school, together! There’s no stress, no worrying about the right clothes or getting there on time while fighting the traffic at drop off. It’s just us!
So here is to a new year! Whether your child is at school or sitting next to you looking at you with great expectations! Here’s to learning, to growing, and to another safe and happy year of school!