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First Day Jitters

August 26, 2008 - Summer Wallace-Minger

Today is the first day back to school for my kids. They told me they were nervous. New classes, new teachers and not being sure exactly who was going to be in the same class with them were all factors in making them a little uncertain this morning.

So we park, I pry my son from the back seat and he confides his worries that he will be unable to make friends. I assure both of them that they are sweet and likeable children, and anyone who doesn't like them obviously has serious mental issues.

My daughter, who is entering her fourth year of school, skips ahead. I keep calling for her to wait for me. My son, entering his second, holds my hand tightly. I think that I might cry.

At the entrance, the principal is waiting. "We'll take these kids," she says.

"Will you?" I ask, moving a little in front of my son.

My daughter goes up the walk without looking back, and my son takes the principal's hand and goes inside.

I am left alone on the sidewalk.

I go back to the car and start the drive to work.

I do cry.


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