We arrived to Georgia and I knew I needed to register my 7 year old for Second Grade. What I didn’t know was that school started at the beginning of August on Fort Benning. That amounted to an entire month less of summer break.
And I was perfectly fine with the thinking of the superior minds of Georgia Education.
We did her back to school supply shopping in July. We loaded up on two pocket folders, large glue sticks, number 2 pencils and composition books.
A week later, because I can only handle so much shopping at a time, we did a bit of clothes shopping. I swear she dresses better than I do. Maybe I need to find silver sparkle shoes and cropped jeans. Can’t all looks be shared across a 30+ year age gap?
She was up at 5 am, prowling the house, dying for her first trip to school on a bus. I struggled to wake with my alarm at 6 am. I served up cinnamon rolls, which she ate distractedly, one eye on the clock the entire time.
I finally allowed her outside at 7:30 on the condition that it was to pose for pictures. We were NOT going to the bus stop this early.
Her little sister packed her own lunch box and carried it all morning. She didn’t want her to go to school. Not without her, at least.
When I could no longer stand the begging and pleading to head to the bus stop because “We are going to MISS THE BUS!” we walked on over. And waited. And waited. She finally sat down. And we waited.
Daddy was able to be part of the First Day send off, but his larger job was consoling the little one who I believe was hatching a plan to dash onto the bus with her sister. I could see the wheels turning…
Finally, the bus arrived. The bus arrived! After a 30 minute wait at the bus stop because “We will MISS THE BUS!,” the bus appeared. After a quick hug and not a single glance back, she lined up and climbed those huge steps as though she has been doing this forever. And she marched right to the back. Where the “cool kids” used to hang out. The big kids. The not-me kind of kids. But there she was. Waving from the third to last window as the bus departed.