Welcoming The Age Of Reason

My older son started school yesterday and we were all very excited and proud.


We had mass (it’s a catholic school) and the priest mentioned the significance of this day as a happy, but also a sad occasion, because it meant letting go. And promptly poor old Mom proceeded to bawl her eyes out, because the baby is a big boy now, and as much of a relief and an occasion for pride and happiness this is, it’s also a goodbye of sorts.
Goodbye to my firstborn baby, hello to my school boy.


Hopefully it also means goodbye to temper tantrums and disrupted sleep and a very warm welcome to the age of reason.


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58 Responses to Welcoming The Age Of Reason

  1. Undina says:

    Congratulations to your family on that important milestone!
    How did he like his first day?

  2. behemot12 says:

    Good luck to you and your son! It could be a really happy time for the both of you, enjoy. My (only) daughter was at catholic school here in the US and it was the happiest time of our lives. Now she is in college and lives 1.5 h from home.

    I know I will pass by her old school tomorrow and look with envy at the kids in blue uniforms and their parents ..

    I started to think what perfume you are wearing today.. Or no perfume at all because you are to excited to think of it?

    BTW, your son is beautiful.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you very much, it is good to hear you had such a good experience with a catholic school.
      I was wearing Carnal Flower, it is what would be my signature scent, I think, if I didn’t have a bit of a perfume problem. 😉

      • behemot12 says:

        Well, I am still working on white flowers. I realize Carnal Flower is a really good stuff, but ..
        I assume white flowers were not your thing some time ago. How much time did you need to became a fan of Carnal Flower? I am very curious.

  3. lucasai says:

    Ah! I’m sure your son will do great at school! Congratulations

  4. Ellia says:

    Congratulations to your family, Birgit! That’s a very important step in your son’s life (and yours of course) 🙂 I am sure all changes that comes in life are always for good – that particular one is definitely one of them) Good luck to your boy! And patience and courage for parents!))))

  5. Tara says:

    I’m so glad your schoolboy enjoyed himself. What a day of high emotion for you though.

    It is without doubt a positive step forward and hopefully life will get a little easier for you from here on in!

  6. Haefennasiel says:

    Oh, what a heartwarming post! =)
    I was a schoolteacher for several years, so I experienced a different kind of first-day-of-school feeling. Oftentimes, I asked myself “Am I guiding them in the right way?”, “How will I be able to manage?”, “Have I done my best?”, etc. because the children look to you, not only for knowledge, but for affirmation and guidance. But judging from the look on your son’s face, he looks excited and happy – I’m sure he’ll do just fine.

  7. masha7 says:

    I remember the school cones full of candy and school supplies, I miss those!! I remember when my eldest started kindergarten- I cried! But when my youngest started, I was the only mom grinning from ear to ear! I had had enough of babyhood and toddlerhood at that point, I was just happy and proud to see them all at school. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos and story!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Oh, I cried in Kindergarten with Paul too, and also when Niki started this January, because he is my last baby, so it’s heart-wrenching all over again. I’m an excellent crier. 😉
      But I totally get the positive side too, it’s an accomplishment to get them that far. On to the next step… 🙂

  8. Connie says:

    Aww….so adorable! It is a big milestone and it is bittersweet. So glad he had a great first day. 🙂

  9. Elizabeth Watson says:

    What an adorable boy! It’s an exciting time–meeting new challenges and making new friends. All the best to you and your family.

  10. bloodyfrida says:

    oh how sweet!! I cried too when my one and one child, my son who is now 24!, went to school I also went to Catholic school and I loved it. Big hugs to YOU, B! XOX

  11. nina says:

    Precious time in your life! He is a doll and will swiftly grow into a superb student. Congrats to him and you mommy!!

  12. Suzanne says:

    Oh my gosh, in that first photo he is just the spitting image of you, Birgit! I can definitely understand your tears and the mix of emotions that seeing your son off to the next level brings. He does look very happy, though, so obviously you’ve done a great job preparing him to look forward to school.

  13. Alexandra says:

    Oh congratulations, it’s a big day – and he looks so sweet and smart!

  14. Melis says:

    Such a handsome boy! I certainly feel for you, when my oldest started grade 1 I was sobbing while waving goodbye to him from the door of the classroom. I did get a few looks from the other moms. He started grade 5 today. I wasn’t much better when my younger one started either. He’s now in grade 3. Got a little teary today when saying goodbye, lol. I wish I could tell you it is the end of temper tantrums, uninterrupted sleep and the age of reason…………… 😉

  15. Sandra says:

    Congratulations on this milestone! I understand all too well the teary eyes and blubbering. I will understand even more tomorrow when my son starts KG! I have treasured the last three years and I understand that he must grow up, but it is truly heart wrenching. Big hug. 🙂

  16. laniersmith says:

    You took me back to when I walked my little brother to his first day of school when I was 20 and he was 5 and then twenty hears later I walked his daughter to ther first day of school. Thanks for jogging those memories. Your little boy looks wonderful in his very smart first day outfit by the way!

  17. trickyholly says:

    This is so very sweet. Hope it was a great day for both of you!

  18. He looks adorable and smart.
    I am sure he will do great at school.



  19. Congratulations! It must have been such a powerful mix of emotions to see him go to school! He looks very dapper with him sweater tied over his shoulders; all dressed and ready to take the next step 🙂

  20. Catherine says:

    Aw congratulations!! Your son is positively adorable and I hope he will really enjoy his first year of school! 😀

  21. Kimberly says:

    Congratulations! He looks so handsome! My wish for you is as much high quality sleep as you like, effective immediately. Everything else will work itself out:).

  22. Dionne says:

    What a cutie! And it’s such a fun age, too. My youngest started Kindergarten this week too, but he was so excited about going and chatty with his teacher it made it a lot easier for me. And I can relate to Masha7 – by the time Spud enters Grade One I’ll have been a SAHM for 20 years, so I’m almost ready to move on to the next stage of life, but one thing about having a large family that is spread out is I’ve already experienced how quickly they grow up, so I’m enjoying this last little stretch. Bones is 19 and getting ready to leave home, and that’s the transition I’m finding difficult.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Wow, as often as I joke that I can’t wait for the day they move out, when you say it is so close for you, my throat constricts. I’m glad I still have a ways to go.
      All the best for that coming transition for you and your family, Dionne!

  23. flittersniffer says:

    Ausgesprochen lieb! Or something like that to say he has bust the cuteness barrier…

    I am sure he will get on famously – I wish him and his intriguing cone all the best. ; – )

  24. Ari says:


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