Another first day of school has come and gone and it didn’t look the same way it has in the past. Up until yesterday, we made sure everyone was ready, backpacks on, photos taken in the front yard youngest in a stroller and we all walked together. For three blocks we would discuss expectations and excitement for what the day would bring, coffee in hand and a slight chill in the air.
Yesterday looked different. Charlie has moved on to middle school, Coleman is on safety patrol, and Judah goes to school all day now. And, let’s face it, Josie is getting a little big for the stroller. So instead, we all piled in the car, dropped Coleman off at school early so he could do patrol. Then we headed to the middle school to drop off Charlie and watched him walk off into the abyss of puberty. And then it was back to the elementary school to say goodbye to Judah for a full day of school.
That left Andy, Josie and me to walk around Greenlake, run a few errands, and make it home in time for a new tradition: back to school naps.
It didn’t look like it once did, but it’s a new season. And it’s good.