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There used to be those jokes: You know you’re a redneck when….
My feeling today was: I know I’m getting older when….
I had no clue about the start of the school year. Yup. This week was the start of the schools in our neighborhood, and I didn’t even know anything about it until today. For the first time in almost 30 years, I didn’t think about school supplies, admission cards, backpacks, or teachers. For the first time in a long time, I found out in casual conversation that – oh yeah, today was the first day of school.
My daughter-in-law mentioned to me that her son is starting school today. Then, I perked my ears and eyes up and did notice kids walking home from school in uniforms at the end of the day. I guess I needed to pay attention!
So how am I celebrating this newness of the school year this year? I do have to commemorate it – if only for old times sake. I know. I will buy my grandsons who are starting yeshiva a special picture book that was just released this week!
The book, “Moshe Goes To Yeshiva” is about a little boy who starts school (you figured that out, didn’t you?), and his mom is all anxious about how he will fare. The boy is fine and prepared, and all pumped up. But then when the mother pulls away from her child, he clamps up and becomes afraid.
A great book to read to kids before school starts (or once school starts too…), and prepare the child for the beginning of school. All beginnings are hard, and this book can ease the transition.
Well, that’s my Grandmother perspective and take on beginnings, newness, and first day of school.
So, I know I’m getting older when the main focus of the first day of school is going out to buy a book for my grandson!
Happy reading for me and for other grandmothers! Much luck in the coming school year for all the children!!
Tags: anxiety, backpacks, beginnings, book, first day, grandson, picture book, preparation, redneck jokes, school, yeshiva