Unexpected First Day of School

Posted By on September 6, 2012

A week or two ago. my eleven year old drew this on the calendar … Sept 6th, the first day of school.

It will be an adjustment, I thought.

6:40am this morning, I hear shuffling and voices in the kitchen. I stayed in bed as long as I could… when I got up at about 7:15 (okay, it was an adjustment for me), I found a shocking surprise … my eldest had made breakfast. My middle son started a load of laundry. Everyone was packed, brushed and ready to go. They were waiting for… me.

“We have plenty of time.” I said. “We could leave at 7:50 and get there by 8:10”

“It always takes longer, mom. I want to leave at 7:30. I want to be the first one at school.”

“Yeah, me too.” Said my second.

“How about 7:45, I don’t want to just wait in the parking lot. The school may not be opened.”

“7:40. I don’t mind waiting in the parking lot.”


What an odd turn of events. I conceded and left at 7:40am. We were one of the first families there.

I was reaffirmed by a few things:

1. Expectations have no hold on reality. Anything can change. Be here, be now.

2. What I perceive as my children’s issue… may very well be my own.

3. I have so much to learn.

About The Author

I am a Chinese-American mother of three boys, parenting with the traditions worth keeping from the East and West. I continue to learn new ways of raising a family and myself.


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