A Changing Role

08.28.12

This morning was the first day of middle school for Alexander and the beginning of Jane’s last year at the school that’s nurtured them for so many years. The kids didn’t need my help getting ready this morning though I do have the honor of cleaning the breakfast counter that they’ve destroyed in their haste to get out the door.

In addition to the strangeness of having two kids in middle school I’m also not driving them to school today or tomorrow. Our neighbor is taking the first two days this week and I’m taking the last two since it’s a four day week. It’s odd and a bit unsettling since the kids and I have been glued at the hip all summer.

At 7.40 they were waiting for our neighbor to swing by and I pulled out the camera. They know that there will be pictures and that made me happy because we were back to a routine that involved me.

And this is where it got weird again.

They sort of put their arms around each other, smiled some fake smiles for me and then I was like, “Okay now I need the one where you walk out the door.” And Jane looked at me and said, “Why?”

“Ummm because I don’t want to put you guys on my blog.” I said.

“Why not?” They both asked.

“I don’t know. I decided not to when you were little.”

They went on to tell me that they don’t really care and I should post their picture. So… cautiously… here’s the first day of school and the children who don’t need me (today anyhow).

Middle School

08.27.12

The kids just finished middle school orientation and now I’m disoriented. Alexander has a locker and tomorrow he’ll be wearing green and khaki instead of the blue and white of lower school. I drop the kids off and pick them up in a different part of the school. It’s all different and exciting.

Alexander went from having longer hair to a very short cut that actually requires a bit of wax for styling. Some of the kids didn’t recognize him. Jane said that all the boys came back to school taller than she is (Jane is 5’6″ like me) and their voices are low, “They’re so weird.” She added.

I can’t wait to see what this year brings. I love that the return to school is joyful for them and in the spirit of appreciating that they’re maturing I let the kids see this video. Go ahead, judge me, you’ll have fun.