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Sunday, August 24, 2008

BACK TO SCHOOL......the final chapter.....

This morning, I have that feeling you get when you've had too much caffeine and not enough sleep. Although neither situation is accurate. I've yet to begin my Starbucks IV and I even slept in until 8. I couldn't even sit and enjoy my Sunday morning ritual of reading the paper with smooth jazz playing. Tomorrow is the first day of school. That's the problem. It's not just the first day of school. It's the last first day of school when I get to help pick out that special outfit, kiss a child goodbye and watch that child walk into the doors of school. And, it's the first first day of school that I'm not somehow involved in looking into the eyes of both of my children as they begin a brand new school year. You see, Toni will be a senior. Vince is off in PhD-land. My first day of schools are completely over. And, I'm not done yet. I think I'm just in shock.

I know, I know....make me shut up now. I've been pissing and moaning about all of this for weeks...maybe months. And, I apologize. But, holy shit, this is what I've been doing for the past 20 some years--I've been taking at least one child to school each morning. And, I've never, ever missed....even during Vince's undergrad days....of seeing both children on their first day of school. And, now here it last first day of school for one child and my first first day of school with the other. But, most importantly, it's my last first day of school.
I'm just not sure what to wear.....


Eileen, The Mayor, or Francine, depending on my mood and night of the week. said...

The first day of school was always good and bad for me.
Each year, I would take their picture as they were walking out the door. They looked so cute, all tan from a summer of swimming, dressed in their light blue oxford cloth shirt, khaki pants and old man ties. Holding their brand new backpacks filled with all their new "stuff". So much more grown up from the year before.
As a stay at home mom, I would be sad. For about a minute.
Then I would be all like woohoo. Free at last! Back to bed I went.

Marib said...


We have not had a back to school day in 8 years and I can't remember what they were like but now I have it all coming back to me.
Tell us what you wear! In honor of you, I will wear my pink crocs tomorrow.
Also, I went over to Jody's blog and saw she wrote about you and then to Daffodill's blog and so did she. Wow. I wish I had a blog to write about you and everything you have meant to me and my own journey. I never knew I could find life long friends at this age of life.
I will be thinking about your tomorrow morning and all day!

Jody V said...

Judi -

Hang in there. I felt that way last year when Nick graduated from Middle School. I had a hard time when they left the Elementary School also. If I lived closer I would bring over the lemonade!

Anonymous said...

What to wear, my good friend J???

Your best pair of Nike's, of course.

The Prof

Anonymous said...

Nikes? My girl Judi wearing Nikes? NO, NO. I say stilettos! Red shiney 6 inch stilettos!