Tuesday, August 25, 2009

1st Day of School - Before and After

Today I became a father of a kindergartner. My little boy Mason has started a new adventure. We walked Mason to his first day of school and there is no doubt that he handled it better than Laura and I. On our way out the door, he was greeted by his good friend, Anderson, which helped break the ice a little bit (for us). Mason's excitement was evident the moment he woke up this morning. Laura and I had butterflies. Why is it that we have more anxiety than our little boy who is about to embark on a long journey of institutional education? Is it that he has no idea what he has just began? Or is it that our little boy is now on his own path, away from mommy and daddy surrounded by new friends and peers? Probably a little of both. A very emotional and significant rite of passage for all of us.

When we went to pick Mason up from school at the end of the day, everything seemed to feel a little more at ease for Laura and I. The day was done and we were greeted by a very happy boy. His day was great, he had fun at recess and he was looking forward to another day of Kindergarten. What a relief! After school, Miles was soo happy to see his older brother. He ran right up to him and gave him a huge hug. Laura and I snapped a few photo's and told him how proud we were!

School has officially began and we are all OK.
Congratulations Mason on finishing your first day in style!


tanya b said...

Wow! congrats to you all for making it!
I knew Mason would totally rock school. great pics!
I guess we get to do that all again tomorrow.

Matt Reoch said...

I have to post what Garrett's dad sent to me... it made Laura (and me) cry.

Memories, - look over at his desk- your story is my story,I took that guy down to the bus
so many years ago, seems like yesterday after reading and looking over your excellent photos and words.
Garrett got on the bus like it was an ice cream truck, he did wave from his bus picture window at his Dad
who had tears of plenty on his cheeks.

Garrett looking and waving wearing a big smile as he was off to school. I remember saying to myself,
I am the child here, he is "the man."
Matt - thanks for the memories.

Jeramy Sossaman said...

oh geez!....now i'm crying! thanks matt! :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Matt,
I brought Brianna to the bus on Monday and she left for her junior year at college. I got to the car and could not stop crying.
It does not get easier even when the are 21

Ted Williams said...

Watching your own kid going school on first day is going back into past.. great post..

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