We like to celebrate the first day of a school at the Barker house. There’s breakfast, pictures, rides provided, prepped clothing–you get it. It has become even more exciting with educators in the house. Now kids AND parents anticipate what the first day of school will be like. Questions swirl through the mind:
- Will they like me?
- Will I have all the materials I need?
- Is there a swirly in my future? (Wait! That’s what I used to wonder in Jr. High)
- Can I accomplish what I set out to accomplish?
There is nothing quite like the first day of school, whether you are sending your student off, or going to your first class. It is a feeling that should be bottled and sold to people who go to work in the same cubicle day after day, year after year. The excitement/anxiety ratio (EAR) is almost audible. You can hear, taste, smell and feel the energy as new lockers are discovered, old friends are reconnected, new friends are made, and new rhythms of life are learned.
As schools across the state welcome new students there will be an understanding of a quote from Ernest Hemingway;
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
…but the fun is in the attempt.