Sunday, August 3, 2008

the first day


first days at new schools always brought a mixed bag of emotions when i was growing up. i had lots of practice at first days; i went to six elementary schools, two junior highs, three high schools and two universities. but the novelty of starting a new school never disappeared. mostly i enjoyed it; i thrived on the challenge of starting fresh and making new friends. but i also remember feeling slightly intimidated with each first day. whenever i walked into a building for the first time, it seemed gigantic and i felt like a tiny speck. as the days passed and i adjusted to the environment, eventually the proportions expanded and shrank into the right places.

my oldest daughter is starting kindergarten soon. when i enrolled her last week it brought back those memories and it made me wonder how she'll feel on her first day as she waves goodbye to her infant and preschool years. this little girl is wearing colorful clothes, and the school looks friendly, so clearly i'm envisioning a sunny start :)

15 comments:

see you there! said...

Awww, that first day of school for your little one. Hope it goes well for her. Most tykes go to pre school these days so maybe it isn't as traumatic as back in the day when it was the first day away from home.

Darla

Sew Bettie said...

I hope her first day of school goes well. My favorite part was (and still is) picking out new school supplies.

Krissy said...

I'm sure she'll have a wonderful first day! Switching schools was kinda fun to me too. I did it a lot as well. It made for lots of friends :)

Michi, Orange County, CA said...

Hi Aimee!
I LOVE your doodle of a tiny little you and a great, big, humungus school!!!!!!! A picture is worth a thousand words, after all!!!! Good luck to the first day of school for your sweetie!!!

elizabeth said...

What a great back to school piece! I think the first day on a new job is an awful lot like the first day of school--the same nervousness/excitement jumble, the same questions: "What are the people going to be like?" "Will I be any good at this?" "What are the routines I need to get used to?" and so on. Best of luck to your little one! And thanks for checking in over at The Finest Muffins! :-P

design for mankind. said...

Awww, the first day of kindergarten! I'm tearing up just thinking about it! :)

Good luck, dear.

please sir said...

Aww I remember those feelings too - good luck!

stephanie levy said...

I liked this post. I changed schools a lot as a child too - and even though it was sometimes difficult, I do think it helps me to be very flexible in terms of living spaces as an adult.

I have to tell you that last week I thought of your blog post and had to laugh as I caught myself sneaking bites of a chocolate mousse tart (oh sooo good) in the kitchen as my children were snacking on organic whole wheat crackers in the living room. We are just trying watch after their health and be good moms, right?? :)

aimee said...

you are all so sweet! darla's right; preschool must ease the transition because she's ready to go! we went shopping for school supplies last week and i keep taking whiffs of those new crayolas.

♥ Tiny Red said...

i'm sure she'll have so much fun!!!! with all the new pens and new friends! exciting!!! :))

Christy said...

She'll do great! My favorite things about starting a new school year were: the feel of a new big chief tablet, a new package of extra narrow-lined notebook paper, and the scent of a new box of crayons...

Megan Coyle said...

aw, I hope it went well for her! And I love the bright, cheery colors you used for this.

Kelly C. said...

that looks like the kind of school i'd want to walk into every day! i still remember the night before the first days of school- planning the outfits, looking at the supplies, fun!

i'm sure it will be positively fantastic for both of you!

aimee said...

thanks all! my biggest worry now is whether i'll be able to keep my grubby little hands out of her stash of school supplies until the big day next week...

Jo Anne said...

I totally sympathize with you having lots of first days. It's like starting over again, which is good, but it's also overwhelming.

Love your work! I put your link on my craft site.