A back to school tribute (and a prayer) for my people…
T’was the night before school starts and all through the house, my kids are finally sleeping and so is my spouse.
Backpacks and lunch boxes filled with great care, only to be forgotten and left on the stairs.
Every year, just like the last you will worry and wonder what adventure will pass.
The teachers made supply lists and I checked them twice, but somehow I missed a new learning device.
Kleenex, pencils, calculators, and permission slips to sign, all that is missing is a bottle of wine.
There will be fun
and there will be tears
and the kids will be glad you were the grown-up and let them go despite all of your fears.
You will take pictures to document the milestone, though many with no smiles and rolling eyes will not be shown.
Alarms are set and they are as ready as can be, though you would not believe it as they struggle to be set free.
A new year
A new beginning
Oh the things they will learn!
As you wait in the car line until it is their turn…
As you give them final hugs and tell them to PLEASE be nice
You drive off in your car and pray to God that they don’t bring home lice.
For all of you parents out there who are equally excited and nervous for the first day of school tomorrow, I tip my hat to you and throw up the Mockingjay salute of solidarity. All of your effort to have your child prepared and ready for a fresh new year of learning are at least noticed by your fellow warrior parents.
And in case you’re like me and always feel a tiny bit inadequate in this Pinterest filled world, I have included some printable lunchbox notes so that you too can be a cute Pinterest mom! Feel free to download and share liberally.