12 August 2009

and they're off!

shoes full of feet

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose....

Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

so the boys started school yesterday, dark and early.

{first grade}

first day


third grade

and this kid is now in middle school, which is still a little hard to fathom. (he came home flushed with the wonder of lockers and lunch choices and navigating labyrinthine hallways, everything i'd thought could easily unnerve him. good for you, B.)

middle school, yikes

sixth grade

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

final thrust

so elle and i are now left behind with oddly placid mornings. she's the left-behindiest kid, that elle, but she likes my company just fine, so we manage okay.

* * *

today i'm feeling a bit sad that B forgot his box of sliced apples (breakfast: 6:20, lunch: 12:50, so they're allowed to bring snack to tide them over), but i need to be a parent who doesn't bail her kid out of small dilemmas, who allows him the space for disappointments and growth.

it's harder than i thought it would be.

* * *

also, please forgive me for not updating sooner.

you all contributed $130 to world vision, $171 to doctors without borders, and $83 to save the children, and i know that some of you donated directly, and that so many of you regularly give time and resources to humanitarian efforts.

even with several days' worth of thought, i still can't seem to wrap words around how much this warms me.

thank you. i am so heartened by your kindness.


Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

You make it look not quite so scary as I've been thinking it all may be. Sending Emma off into that world next month terrifies me, and yet I'm excitedly full of butterflies as well. The threshold to so much newness and all that...

Unknown said...

The grandsons looks awesome. Trust they had a great day at school. Thanks for the great pictures.


Jenn said...

We are ready to get started here soon too...missing the lazy summer days already...but excited about what the year will hold for my little school girls :)

Love, love coming here...

take a bow Jenn

Love said...

oh, my heart.

the part about B and space and growth and disappointments and not bailing out.....*sigh*

Love said...

...the very nicest of yes-i-must-do-that-someday sighs!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

I'm either overly hormonal, or your words are stunningly beautiful because they moved me to tears. Again.

jen said...

this is a gorgeous post Nic. I can't believe your kids are already back! I just started back Tuesday of this week for back to school teacher meetings.

Your photos are just amazing and that last one... oh my... it's astoundingly gorgeous.

~love said...

...the very nicest of yes-i-must-do-that-someday sighs!