This is a back to school picture from, I think, 1996. Secret Agent Man would be entering 4th grade, Social Animal 2nd, and Kick Back Dude 5th. Girlie Girl was just 3 and Handsome Lad wouldn't join us for another almost 9 months!
Now, back to school still feels exciting, but it has definitely changed as the kids have grown. Now Kick Back Dude takes his own kids to school. Secret Agent Man is a single man and most days just mean it's time to go to work. Social Animal and Girlie Girl are community college students working around the whims of their own schedules.
Now, Handsome Lad is the only kid going back to school! Here he is, ready for his first day of high school. I picked him up this morning from his dad's house and dropped him off...and recalled once again how much I hate drop offs and pick ups at the high school :-)
He's excited about high school and I'm excited for him. He's had his challenges as a student, but he's been running around with older kids for so long that I think he finally feels he's caught up and is in his proper element. So, there is a lot of happiness. But it is a very different sort of day than it once was. My mom didn't take today off or go in late, because she was out yesterday with a dental appointment. My sister never wants to do anything with me anymore. So it was just me and I came on home after dropping him off. No more first day of school breakfasts...at least not this year.
But things always change. There is still much to look forward to. It is just different now and I don't think anyone could help but be reflective on a day like today. So I will take this last day off work and put my feet up, ponder the past a bit, and congratulate myself on having helped to get everyone to this point in time, happy and healthy and full of potential.