first day jitters


BOOM, CRACK, boom, BOOM, crackle, zap; that was a couple of hours ago. Ivy came running into our room And jumped into our bed – startled and out of sorts. A line of thunderstorms was moving through and it upset her. It woke us up, too.

She curled up at the bottom of the bed – B never lets her sleep there – and snuggled up to my leg closely in a tight ball. I was able to get back to sleep, sort of, but my alarm woke me less than hour later. I am not sure if B was too sleepy to care about Ivy, or understood. We’re all kind of jittery today.

I am up now and Ivy is, too. The storms moved through and she’s snuggled up in a chair beside my desk downstairs sleeping fitfully. I can’t go back to sleep. It’s the first day of the new school year. It’s the kids first day, too. I’ll get kids next Tuesday and I’ll be jittery, again.

W is going to be a junior and O is off to middle school. How did that happen? It seems everyone is getting older and I am just getting wiser. B and Ivy get their house back today and have it all the way until early June. She’ll miss us and then get back to her routine; we will, too. Ivy will miss us, too. I love coming home and having Ivy meet me at the door or in the yard. It’s the best.

Last night I packed lunches, made breakfast sandwiches so we would have something to eat for breakfast this week, I’d spent the day on last minute details – there is always something which lies unfinished at the end of each summer. I have a longer list of unfinished projects this year, but it is understandable. Those jobs will get done, eventually.

Today is our first day back to school. I’ve got a new lunch box and it’s ready for my lunch. O’s got her backpack packed and W’s is, too. It’s gonna be a great day and tomorrow could be a million and six times better, but this could possibly the best day ever, so I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, one first day over and over every year.

Do you have first day back to school memories? Do share, thank you.

my lunch box - new this year....

my lunch box – new this year….



9 thoughts on “first day jitters

    1. Thanks – the first two days went smoothly. I have to take lunch because I only have 30 minutes and if i don;t eat, I crash or stop and eat junk on the way home…. I wanted a different lunch box, it reminded me of my elementary days before I graduated to a plain paper bag or the lunch line in middle school and high school… I hope you enjoy your weekend and have a great week ahead.

    1. Ingrid – the first day is over and done – day 2, as well. Monday is a workday and I get to work until I am done – Tuesday the kids arrive and the day will fly by like a summer day at the lake. It was a good summer and I have a weekend to tie up some loose ends and be ready for the week ahead. I chose the lunch box because it was …. different and FUN. have a wonderful weekend.

    1. YES IT IS! O was skeptical and B was dubious, but my colleagues loved it! i can’t wait for the kids to see my lunch box. Breakfast sandwiches – pre-made and ready to reheat (or eat cold) – one fried egg (with yolk pierced to cook solid), slice of ham\bacon\sausage and cheese – preferably a sharp cheddar (Irish) melted under the broiler… they are good and quick to eat.. you can slip ’em on a toasted English muffin or eat ’em plain like my son does. Either way it is a good start to the school day. have a wonderful weekend – it’s wet and foggy here and it’s gonna be a great day. Cheers!

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