Sometimes All I Have Left is Laughter

August 21, 2008

The First Day of Middle School

Filed under: Am I still Laughing?,God in Control,Mom Stuff,Random Thoughts — by tulips4me @ 10:33 pm

The date was August 19, 2008.  My not quite 11 year old was up early.  He took a shower, put on his new shorts and shirt and came downstairs for breakfast.  We chatted as he ate and I sipped my coffee.  I had been up for quite some time myself.  Not because I needed to go into work early, but because I could not sleep thinking about the significance of this day. 

This was the first day that he would go to the neighborhood school, instead of the charter school on the other side of town.  This was the first day that he would be able to choose what he wore to school, instead of wearing the predetermined uniform that was required at the charter school.  This was the first day that he would ride the bus to school.  This was the first day that he would come home after school, instead of going to his grandparents home. 

As I prepared for my day, it was all I could do to keep the tears at bay.  About 30 minutes before it was time for him to walk to the corner and wait for the bus, I asked him to pray with me.  I prayed that he would make friends at this new school, that he would be a friend, that he would let His light shine in all that he said and did, and that he would learn a lot.  As I prayed, tears streamed down my face.  When the last amen was said, this not quite 11 year old put his arms around me and said, “It is going to be okay Mom.” 

And it was.  They sure do grow up fast!



  1. Ooooooooohh. That is so sweet. That was one of those I-was-made-for-this moments, huh?

    Comment by J — August 22, 2008 @ 1:14 pm |Reply

  2. Definitely you were made for that moment. I know that his heart and soul will always remember that moment, even if his mind doesn’t. And you? Have a gift for prayer. What an amazing way to send him off to Middle School for the first time!

    Comment by Stephanie — August 31, 2008 @ 6:51 am |Reply

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