First Days

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Wahoo. First day of school. I'm so excited.

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Yes, mommy sent me to school with a little bit of strawberry juice on my chin.

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Oh, wait. Maybe I'm a little nervous.

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Mom, would you please hurry up, so I can walk with my friends. Gawd!
[Eyes roll.] And no, I don't have a Justin Bieber haircut. Stop saying
that!

11 thoughts on “First Days

  1. Ogden Nash wrote: “The trouble with a kitten is that/Eventually it becomes a cat.” And, alas, these cute moptops will become sullen adolescents. Although girls are worse, I think, in the sullenness department.

  2. “Although girls are worse, I think, in the sullenness department.”
    Teenage girls do screaming drama (and unfortunately, it has been known to flare up well into middle age).

  3. “MH, this appears to be y81’s standard mode. And he’s not even a Pirates fan.”
    I think this happens when you have adolescent girls in your house. We do not know what y81 was like before then, do we? I have a proto-adolescent in my house (she showed all the signs when she was 2), and I know I’m entering a grumpier phase in my life.

  4. But, warning people who have adorable youngsters about the perils of adolescence is pretty much like warning pregnant women about the lack of sleep after the baby is born. They won’t believe you, and even if they thought they did, the actual experience will be much different than they imagined.
    (and I speak as one who thought I’d have lots of time to catch up on things during my 3 month maternity leave, even though I read/listened to everyone who talked to me).

  5. I blame hormones. It’s vital to the future of the human race that young people be crazy enough to take on the burdens of raising the next generation.

  6. The Pirates are so depressing that I haven’t told my son they exist. I’m not going to pay money to see a team that clearly isn’t even trying.

  7. “But, warning people who have adorable youngsters about the perils of adolescence is pretty much like warning pregnant women about the lack of sleep after the baby is born. They won’t believe you, and even if they thought they did, the actual experience will be much different than they imagined.”
    I’ve always been amazed by other people’s sweet, docile children, so I’m hoping the transition to adolescence will not be that jarring.
    I think the unbridgeable chasm between hearing stuff and actually experiencing it yourself is a pretty general fact of life. The famous quote on this is “Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other,” but unfortunately, practically everybody qualifies as fools under this maxim. Lots of wise advice doesn’t really register unless you’re following it already. For example, “spend less than you make,” isn’t something you can really understand unless you’re actually doing it, and you probably won’t do it unless you understand it (although the recent trendiness of the frugality movement may have changed the situation).

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