Tuesday, September 3, 2013

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Today was the first day of second grade for Cole. I know I say it every year, but I continue to be surprised by time and how it sneaks up on me from behind like a hug I was not expecting; it jolts me at first, and then the embrace is welcomed. 

I made Cole pose for the traditional first day of school photo(s) on the front steps of our house. It was reminiscent of my sister and I standing on the concrete steps in front of our blue stucco home, smirking into my mother's 35 mm lens. I see now in the sequence of photos the sweet, innocent, little girl smile eventually replaced by an irritated grin as the teenager with her high teased hair and too black eyeliner stood aloof, now way too cool for photographs. Nonetheless, my mom took the pictures. Today I am so grateful she did. I see how I changed throughout the years, how the styles changed, how my comfort in front of a camera changed. The only thing that captures time is a camera and our memory, and I often question which is more reliable. 

Some wise advice for my sweet boy as he starts second grade, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go." ~ Dr. Suess

I cannot say it any better than the doctor. 

Love & Light,

Clothes all laid out the night before.

Of course a baseball backpack. I admit, I picked it out. This kid does not care what he wears as long as it is not pink. Obviously he has his father's laid back attitude.

 New shoes, and yes, I even picked those out. He just came along because I had to return two pair that I bought without him that did not fit! Cole thought school shopping was torture. I am not sure that I am sad about his lack of excitement over which folders to buy or thrilled that I get to shop alone. Hmmm...


1 comment :

  1. Loved your observations; wistful, yet encouraging your boys to take life head on. Sweet.