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.
Congratulations to your family on that important milestone!
How did he like his first day?
Thank you, Undina! He loved it! Although today he was a bit less enthusiastic. 😉
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.
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. 😉
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.
I never hated Carnal Flower, I appreciated it as a good perfume, but I just didn’t think it was my kind of thing. This summer all of a sudden I felt it was what I needed and thankfully I still had a sample and we just clicked… what can I say: it’s true love. 🙂
Hope my love for Carnal Flower will come one day 🙂
Don’t force it, there are so many great perfumes where love comes easily.
Ah! I’m sure your son will do great at school! Congratulations
Thank you! Let’s hope so! 🙂
I hope you’re having a good day today. Now that all kids went to school today it’s really peaceful in the neighborhood around my house.
Haha, I can believe that!
I’m hoping for some peace to work without interruption next week, when school is on for more than three hours. 😉
It will definitely become even more peaceful next week
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!))))
Thank you very much, Ellia! It was an exciting day.
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!
It’s the beginning of a new era.
And I’m not so good with change… 🙂
I’m sure it’ll be great though.
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.
Thank you for adding your perspective. A teacher’s role is so important, kids do indeed look for affirmation and guidance and hopefully get the right answers.
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!
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… 🙂
Aww….so adorable! It is a big milestone and it is bittersweet. So glad he had a great first day. 🙂
What an adorable boy! It’s an exciting time–meeting new challenges and making new friends. All the best to you and your family.
Thank you, Elizabeth, he surely looks adorable. 😉
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
Thank you, dear Carol! xo
Precious time in your life! He is a doll and will swiftly grow into a superb student. Congrats to him and you mommy!!
Thank you for your kind words, nina.
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.
He really enjoys it, and he loves his teacher already, so that’s a relief.
It makes me happy that you say he looks like me. 🙂
Oh congratulations, it’s a big day – and he looks so sweet and smart!
Thanks! He does look quite angelic (and is anything but!) 🙂
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…………… 😉
I suspect it is not the end of tantrums just yet… 😉
Being a mother is unlike anything else, the moment you have a child, you are never “free” again…
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. 🙂
Thank you, Sandra. Best of luck for you two tomorrow! Big hug back.
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!
I’m glad this post brought back nice memories of first days of school in your life.
This is so very sweet. Hope it was a great day for both of you!
Thank you! It was a lovely day. 🙂
He looks adorable and smart.
I am sure he will do great at school.
Thank you very much, I hope he’ll be fine…
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 🙂
Thank you, Daisy!
I hope at the end of his school career he will be where you are now (although he is welcome to become a real doctor too.) 😉
Haha! Yes, real doctors are certainly welcome in any family 🙂
When I called my parents to tell them, my father said, “Yay! Two doctors in the family . . . well, you’re um . . . um . . . well . . . congratulations!”
I love the scene in Friends when Ross introduces himself as Dr Geller, and Rachel shushes him, because they are in a hospital “where that really means something”. 😉
That is funny! I need to look that up on youtube!
Aw congratulations!! Your son is positively adorable and I hope he will really enjoy his first year of school! 😀
Thank you, Cahterine! I hope so too. He is kinda cute… 😉
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:).
Thank you, I hope that will come true! 😉
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.
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!
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. ; – )
Danke! Er ist wirklich sehr herzig. 😉
The intriguing cone is well, if empty by now.
THIS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE CUTEST CHILD ALIVE BIRGIT
WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF YOUR OTHER CHILD WHO IS ALSO PROBABLY VERY CUTE IF I HAD TO GUESS
Hahaha, thank you very much, Ari! I have to agree that my younger son is quite up there with his brother in the cuteness department. 🙂