First Day of School

First Day of Public School

All three of our boys have been homeschooled. Two years ago the First decided he wanted to go to public school for his 7th grade year, and he made the transition beautifully. Last year the Ice followed him, and had his first year of middle school. This year the Maker was ready to take his turn, and will be in fourth grade. (They really do get younger every year.)

The Maker had selected his outfit (pictured) and kitted up his camo backpack well in advance. When his dad was going through the backpack one last time to make sure his pencils, notebook, and signed forms were all present and accounted for, he saw a new addition: a recorder.

“Uh, Honey, what do you need this for?” he asked, stumped.

“It’s my recorder,” the Maker replied, as if it weren’t patently obvious. His parents can be so obtuse.

“You’re probably not going to need that… uh, today.” The thought of future recorder lessons crossed both our minds: oh fun! The Husband glanced at me over the Maker’s head. I gave him the nod: It’ll be fine.

“It’s a Yamaha,” the Maker explained, as if to dispel the last of our doubts… about something.

“But, then again, I think it’ll be fine,” his dad offered, as they zipped the backpack up again. “You know, I’m pretty sure Billy Joel kept a recorder with him on the road to compose with.”

“Yeah,” I said, ready for my opening, “‘Cause a  piano won’t fit in a backpack.”

We all nodded solemnly, sagely.

Don’t know if Billy Joel’s was a Yamaha, though.

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5 Responses to First Day of Public School

  1. Shane August 25, 2009 at 10:51 am #

    Thanks Seth for promoting Higher Ground on your first day of camp! (see the t-shirt)

  2. browse August 25, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    Heh. At first, I thought you meant a tape recorder, or a digital recorder. Certainly, I wish I had recordings of some of the crazy things my public school teachers said to me! 🙂

  3. Lisa Creech Bledsoe August 25, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    Shane, it’s his favorite shirt. Shirts, since he has multiples. Ditto for Isaac. And all three are signed up for Higher Ground for next year. Best camp experience EV-AR! http://www.carolinacamp.com/

    Bob, some of those recordings could get you in trouble. Oh, you meant of the teachers. Never mind. 🙂

  4. Adele August 25, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    I thought a digital recorder at first too- I was thinking, that’s only necessary in college sometimes, not 4th grade!

    Is there as much emotion wrapped up in the first day as I always hear about the kindergarten parents going through?

  5. Lisa Creech Bledsoe August 25, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    No, Adele, I don’t think there’s as much emotion to it as other parents feel when their baby goes to kindergarten for the first time. I think that’s because our kids were already socially and academically experienced, and we knew they had all the skills needed to navigate the new territory with ease. I think when you have a teeny tiny child who is about to start learning all that for the first time it’s bound to be more scary (and exciting), thus more emotional.

    Still, it’s really a joy to see them fly, isn’t it?

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