She didn’t cry when I kissed her goodbye. But later I wept. *** On Monday, Ari officially became a first grader at a school unfamiliar to us both. All day I stared at the phone in dread, wondering when I would get the phone call, you know, the your-kid-is-hysterical-please-come-to-the-school one. Thankfully, the phone didn’t ring. After a deluge of tears, I spent the rest of the day in full suspense, … Continue reading the story "School Number 2, Now Number 1"
Post Archives from the ‘Motherhood’ Category
Ari is now in camp, reunited with all her friends from pre-school. How each child has grown, both physically and emotionally! The camaraderie is as strong as ever, even though the students went to different schools during the year. This summer is all about fun, not about the intense structure of school. As was the case last year when she graduated preschool, I watched … Continue reading the story "Kindergarten: The Year in Review"
Here in the US, Mother’s Day is right around the corner, Sunday to be exact. I will be celebrating my fourth Mother’s Day. Has it really been four years already? Time seems to have gotten away from me. What happened to my superpower of slowing down time? Once a year, I celebrate Mother’s Day by sending and receiving flowers. Once a year I’m treated to … Continue reading the story "Mother’s Day 2014"
This week, Marie of Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer has set the following writing prompt for Mojo Monday, “If you had to teach something, what would you teach?” I know it’s no longer Monday, but I want to take on this challenge nonetheless. This particular prompt interests me because, as it turns out, I am a teacher by trade and by choice. I enjoy watching students … Continue reading the story "Teaching Life Lessons"
As many of my readers know, my mom had a recent medical scare. A mammogram had revealed an abnormality, but an ultrasound ruled out a malignancy. As I said in a previous post, “benign” is becoming my favorite word. I thank everyone in cyberspace for their support and prayers. The collective support of this fabulous online community buoyed me up when I was down. While I … Continue reading the story "Benign!"
It’s amazing how fast things change. In my area of the US, leaves turn a vast array of colors seemingly overnight. And it’s getting pretty chilly pretty fast. As the seasons change, so has my daughter, who’s been in kindergarten for only two months now. A lot can happen in a couple of months. Due to the heavy homework load and her initial tantrums, I’d strongly … Continue reading the story "Teacher Love"
Commencement ceremonies are often perceived as the end of a major accomplishment. This was the case when my daughter graduated from pre-school in June. But, like all commencements, this one actually signified the beginning toward a new life. With the advent of kindergarten a month ago, Ari and I embraced that new life. We enjoyed the parent and child orientation, as well as meet-the-teacher night. … Continue reading the story "Kindergarten Blues"
July 4 is a time for celebration here in the United States. One of my most memorable Fourth of July celebrations happened during the bicentennial in New York City, where many, many New Yorkers painted fire hydrants our red, white, and blue flag colors. And, yes, I took part. So that would make me a patriotic vandal. That was the most memorable, fun Fourth of July ever for … Continue reading the story "A July to Remember: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles"
Arielle and her classmates are heading for kindergarten. But for now, they are participating in their pre-K graduation ceremony. Amid applause, they head toward their seats that face the audience of their biggest fans – their loved ones. As I watch the ceremony, my eyes fill with sad-happy awe. My eyes brim with sadness, as I know these very special children – whom Ari has known since … Continue reading the story "Graduation Day"
For the first time, Ari went to the planetarium in downtown Chicago. We had so much fun learning about the stars and planets. At this age -- almost five -- she eagerly wants to learn EVERYTHING. Here's her first look through a telescope. I hope that throughout her life, she will always reach for the stars.