Tuesday, September 1, 2009

First day of school, sort of

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My children were incredibly uncooperative this morning when I tried to grab a few quick "first day of school" pictures so I'm going with this instead - the flower that my daughter Maya picked for me as she skipped (or rather make that dashed) off to her first day of school.
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She's come a long way my Miss Mouse, from the challenges of years past, to new hope at last year's communications kindergarten, to this year's mainstream just like everybody else regular kindergarten. She's had a tough go of it over the years but she's grown and thrived and reached heights that were barely imaginable just a year ago. I could tell you so much more about how far she's come and how very, very proud I am of her but what I have to say could fill volumes - getting me thrown out of Wordless Wednesday for sure. Suffice it to say that she has the heart of a lion and the spirit of a giant, and she is rushing out to meet the world head on, on her own terms, and succeeding beyond all of our dreams.
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And at the end of the day, her first day had been as wonderful as she'd known it would be. I'm so proud I could burst.
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Life comes easier to Itai, my third-grader, it always has, but he too is growing and thriving and is one hell of a kid. A world class procrastinator too (unfortunately he comes by that honestly, so am I), but one hell of a terrific kid.
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I'm one lucky mom.
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30 comments:

Kate Coveny Hood said...

"she has the heart of a lion and the spirit of a giant, and she is rushing out to meet the world head on, on her own terms, and succeeding beyond all of our dreams." That is beautiful - and it makes me smile and HOPE!

Daryl said...

you are indeed ... and that my sweet lucky mama is a lovely flower photo!

day by day said...

I am soooo glad to hear that she had a wonderful first day!! I love reading about how much she has progressed and grown....it gives me hope for our next couple of years!!

Beautiful flower!!!

Phyllis Sommer said...

yay first day! sounds like this will be a good year for your kiddos... :-)

Sukhmandir Kaur said...

Hi Robin,
The flower is a lovely memento of your daughters hopeful first day at school. You sound like a very devoted Mom. Happy WW

catsynth said...

I think in a way that's a perfect image to go with the story! I hope it's a good school year.

kaye said...

you play games with someone you meet in bloggy land, then they write a post that leads you into their archives (over an hour browsing) and you find out they are a real person, with real problems and a real heart--that is very big and roomy and filled with lots of love. Thanks for letting me peek into your world. You are terrific and so are your kids.

Robin said...

That is such a sweet thing to say Kaye, I'm really touched. Thank you.

Anya said...

Lovely story Robin,
the school in our country start next week !!!
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I wish your kids succes on this new school year :)

jams o donnell said...

Ah they grow up so fast. It won't be long until college! I love the flower photo

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

they are a product of your fantastic parenting and endless reserves of love and patience.

MWAH babe. You have done such a fabulous job you should be proud.

Hootin' Anni said...

I would've burst with pride too!!!

Love the beautiful flower....


My W W is posted...WEATHER or not here I come Stop by for a visit if you can. Happy day to you.

moneythoughts said...

Who would not wish a child a good year? Anyone who has an memory of what school was like when they were very young, can appreciate your wishes. Very well said, and with heart too. But, it is also what our children learn outside of school the completes the task. I had my father's hardware store to do that. I hope your children find their own "hardware store" to give them the rest of their education. It is not all on paper!

koala said...

School starts at the same day here.Always nice to find similarities at the other side of the world.

maryt/theteach said...

Thanks for your comment about Ruby Tuesday Robin. and Congrats to Maya and Itai. Good luck to them both starting a new school year!

What a lovely shot of the blue flower! :)

Vita Stunder said...

Lovley Robin!
Good luck to them both :)

Happy WW!

dianne - bunny trails said...

That flower is lovely, but not as much as all the thoughts and memories connected to it. Many blessings to you and your kids this year, Robin! :D

imom said...

Beautiful flower! I've been known to take first day of school pics on the second or third days because the first day was just too stressful!

I'm glad everything went well for both of your children on their first day!

EastCoastLife said...

It was like yesterday when my son started his first school year. He's going on 18 and about to serve in the military.

Wishing Maya and Itai a wonderful new school year with lots of fun! :)

Mojo said...

I can't really say much about the not so wordless part of this that hasn't been said already, but I will say I'm unimaginably happy for all of you.

But the photo? Now that is truly special. Simple, elegant, beautiful... even if you don't know the story behind it. That ball is outta here!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Hope they both have a wonderful school year!

Indrani said...

Wishing you and your kids a great new academic year ahead.

Heidi said...

Sounds like you have had a hard year as well. I have a little one that at three couldn't communicate very well because of a severe speech impediment. It was so frustrating for her and me. We also did special schooling and she is now in second grade and doing fantastic. Hang in there it will get easier!

angie said...

This is absolutely lovely. I'm so glad she had such a wonderful first day of school!

Maribeth said...

Oh I just fell for your son when I met him. What a great kid! Next summer we should plan something with the two kids. Who knows, maybe I'll have another batch of puppies then!

Beth F said...

Lovely! What more could a mom want?

Dianne said...

the flower is lovely
my son never let me take photos, I always had to sneak a candid shot

I'm so happy that your children are doing so well
you're a good Mom

amanda said...

I remember these days Robin they are all special even the one that are not cooperative!

Melania said...

That flower represents everyone of us mommies who sent children to school. After the euphoria of freedom, that little bit of sad loneliness sets in. Hopefully, that loneliness faded just as quickly as this picked flower :)

Feel free to visit me: Picture This . . .

Leora said...

Funny how you put this on Wordless Weds. It's a beautiful flower.

Wonderful to hear how your kids are doing, especially Maya. My daughter seems to rise to the challenge of 2nd grade. Even though it's a struggle (they teach over her head when it comes to reading), she loves her friends, and she has already connected to her "new" teachers (one is the mother of one of her friends and one of the best teachers in the school - a relief for me).