My baby girl's first day of school today

@xfahctor (14128)
Lancaster, New Hampshire
August 31, 2009 5:26pm CST
Well, today was the day, my baby girl went back to school today. No, I wasn't there to watch her get on the bus, I won't be there when she gets home and I won't be filling out endless forms and paper work. This year, she does all that herself, because this is her first day of college, nursing school to be specific. Wow, where does the time go. Seems like yesterday I was standing outside her kindergarden class room waiting for her to finish her first day there. Then bam, before I knew it, hew first day of highschool, her first prom, then graduation. Now she is off on the next step in her life and taking the reigns herself. So I have been a bit reflective today I guess, it's bitter sweet. I am proud of her, immensly so, but I miss the simpler times, simpler worries and simpler joys. How many of you out there are sending off your children for their first school experiences this week or have already done so this year? I would love to hear some of your first day stories. Do enjoy it though, savor every second of it, it goes so fast and before you know it, your sitting where I am now, waxxing nostolgic and wondering where the time went.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
1 Sep 09
My youngest starts Kindergaten next Tuesday. I was just talking to the lady that does my hair and she was teary-eyed because her little client was starting school lol She said, it seems like yesterday that he was spraying me with water when I cut his hair (he was afraid to get his hair cut). Wow the time does go fast doesn't it? I can't tell you until next week about the experience but, I can imagine that not long after I get home from dropping him I will be getting a phone call saying something to the effect of, Tristian messed up the computer in the class and was reading the news on aol. He does both almost daily LOL.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
1 Sep 09
ROFL! raising a little news junkie are you? ...too cool, curious kids will do very well in school, as long as you can keep their attention, I know, I raised one like that. A little info-gobbler. This is the same girl on the bus last year who quoted Benjamine franklin to the bus driver. The driver had chastized a few students over a violation of bus rules, I forget exactly what they did, but she turned around and asked the driver why the rule was even there in the first place, the driver cited something to do with homeland security, she turned around and told the bus driver "those who would trade their essential liberties for secutity, deserve neither liberty OR security"....lol....yep....thats my kid!
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
1 Sep 09
LMAO I guess we are raising carbon copies of ourselves! Every morning I sit on the couch and read all the news online because my husband hogs the newspaper, my son sits next to me and reads over my shoulder. It irrates me but, what can I say to him? Last week I was sitting reading something and I hit the page down button, he yells MOM at me and I said what? He looks right at me and says, "I wasn't done reading that article about abortion". I had no idea what he was talking about so I scrolled up and there was actually a head line about some abortion clinic protest. I have to take him to school tomorrow to have his reading level tested because the head of the school he will go to is curious as to what level he is reading at. Kids sure are cute with what they say!
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
1 Sep 09
it really is a never ending stream of entertainment isn't it.
• Japan
31 Aug 09
I know how you feel. My oldest is in high school, but I still remember his first day of elementary school. Here in Japan the first day is full of ceremonys, everybody dresses in their best, kids wear cute suits and pretty dresses for the girls. The parents, and staff wait in the gym, which has been decorated with lovely spring flowers (school starts in April). The new kids file in by class and sit to listen to welcome speeches from the headteacher, PTA and some local leaders. Then loads of photos, the kids then go to their classrooms where they get their books, and some presents from local buisnesses. By lunchtime it is finished and families go and celerbrate. It is a nice way to enter school, marks a transistion from one stage of life to another. This kind of ceremony is followed at each level up to university. I have been through these ceremonies for each of my 4 kids, I like them because they make good memories. Congratulations on your daughters entrance to nursing school.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
31 Aug 09
I think thats great, how your nation turns it in to fan fare. I thinks it's a great idea, it makes it important and special. I would love to see our school systems here do something like this, here, at least for most kids, it's something they dread and groan about, at least I know I did, lol. I'm curious about something. Your kids start school in the spring, how long do they go for, in other words, how long does the school year run? Do they attemd all year round? or is there a long break in between sessions?
• Japan
1 Sep 09
Schools run from April to the following March. April to July is the first term then summer holidays, which are usually 6 weeks long, but this year they had an extra 5 days! September 1st is back to school. But the kids only go for a couple of hours, hand in homework (summer holiday homework is very heavy). The 2nd term lasts until December 24th or 25th! The third term is January until March. There is a two week break and then onto the next grade. I'm from the UK where there seemed to be more short breaks in the term, half term holidays. I find this term to be too long. This year because public holidays the kids will get 3 days holiday at the end of September. If my kids are suffering from burn out by the end of October I let them have a couple of days off!!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
1 Sep 09
i know what you mean. my baby is going into grade 7 this year (they start after labour day) and my older daughter is going into grade 11. it also makes me wonder where all the time has gone. i find the years go by so fast!!
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
1 Sep 09
and the older they get, the faster it goes it seems.
• United States
1 Sep 09
Well I hear you there about it goes so fast. I have one that just got her ged which was her final year and now one that her new school told her to take the ged for the old school never gave her enough credits and would benifit her mnore to do it that way so am seeing 2 get out on there own this year and feeling the pain. I also got one that could of started this year but because he was a boy they suggested waiting till he was about six to start. I agreed but wish now I would of started him this year for he is going to be so ahead of the ones that start next year and are only five he will probably be a trouble maker from lack of inte3rest in things he already knows. My oldest started college in June and the next one will be starting in january. Time just slips by so fast. Paperwork wow still need you for that thought some. Congradulations.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
1 Sep 09
this will be the last daughter out the door (so to speak) for me, the other two graduated years ago, though neither of them went to college. the middle one is moving out to Oklahoma next month though, not sure what she is going to do out there, she has talked about going back to school for photography, I kinda hope she does, I'd love to see her further herself too. I did help her with a lot of the financial aid paperwork, as much as I could at least, it was a bit of a challenge even for me, but we got through it and she has all her courses paid for now.
@killersss (639)
• India
1 Sep 09
i know how it feels :) thats a great feeling and you should capture her first day to school with a camera, well that's my view. congrats on her first day to school :)
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
1 Sep 09
well, I wasn't at home when she went, I am out of state visiting someone, but her sister got a few shots for her I think, can't wait to see em.
• China
31 Aug 09
You do not worry.No matter where a child..No matter what kind.You are his most pro-people.The most pro-mother.A child will eventually have to grow up.She wanted to go out to learn.Exercise in the community itself.In the process of growing up that she would encounter a lot of things.Even a lot of difficulties.You just love her.Care for her.Quietly support her.To often talk to her talk about the heaet language.I wish their children grow up healthily.I wish you good luck.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
1 Sep 09
Thank you for your well wishing, it is aprecieate. I will worry anyways, I'm Dad, I can't help it, I know she is an adult, but I will still worry, it's just the way I am, even though I know she is going to be successfull and do just fine.
• United States
31 Aug 09
My SD started college last week. My husband is still missing her! Good Luck!
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
31 Aug 09
Well, she is gong to a local college, so she is still living at home for now. I just won't see quite as much of her between her job and classes. I just miss the old days is all.
• United States
31 Aug 09
Im hoping to get my daughters into preschool but not sure if that will happen this year. My 'oldest' turns 5 in January and my youngest just had her third birthday last Sunday. I feel silly thinking that their not little babys anymore when their so young compared to your daughter but I still feel like things went so quick and I yes, it WAS hard taking care of them when they were infants, it was hard work but now I'm past the diapers, bottles and those chores its like their just growing so fast and Im nervous about school because I still want them to be my little babies. Will they come home not needing mommy anymore after--thats gonna be tough. I know its a part of them becoming individuals but how was it for you?
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
31 Aug 09
they will still need you, for a very long time to come. I am over in Maine visiting my lady today, so I wasn't at home when she left for class, but she did call me and we talked for a little bit, she was still nearvous and wanted a little reassurance, so, no worries there, they will always need you, you will always be mommy.
• India
4 Sep 09
Hey congratulations!! its great is'nt it? ur right abt abt the time and changes its brings along. but its fun u c coz its caught u by surprise.i understand how u must be feeling though. we all miss simple times and joy. but remember that simpler things never end.they jus become exiciting. and if ur nervous,its perfectly natural for a father. anyways my regards to u and ur family. Wish her good luck on my behalf.