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the house is quiet. right now. in 7 minutes i will need to wake the movement. SCHOOL STARTS TODAY!!!

i got a call from a friend last week who had just dropped her son off, “will i ever not cry on the first day of school; will it ever get easier to drop off your children?” i told her that i didn’t think it ever would! i have been emotional over today for a week now. in a good he’s-growing,- healthy- and- happy way, and also in a i- can’t- believe- he- is- growing- so- fast-, i- didn’t- think- it- would- go- that- fast- kind of way. first grade. all day at school. it kind of feels like an arrival, and at the same time an arrival i was never ready to make.

he’s excited though, for the most part, so i keep feeding into that!!

and i’m excited about what he will learn, how he will grow, and skills he will build and the talents he will discover! gunnar, you are such a smart boy!! push yourself! accomplish great things son; your future is so bright!! educated people have every advantage in this world!! dad and i believe in you and every ability you have to find success!

i’m going to miss you while you are at school, lark too, but there are so many others who will be happy to be around you, so many others who will be blessed by your spirit!! may you make good friends this year; may they be good examples to you, and you to them. may you start to value the importance of a secret keeper, a lunch sharer, and a belly laugh indulger!!

your teeth came in this summer! that’s good! 😉 man, you are handsome!! that’s good too; handsome people have a lot of advantages in this world as well. now get yourself smart so you can be smart and handsome!

be a good listener; when teacher talks you listen. be a good friend; when you see someone who needs a friend, be that friend. be a scholar; push yourself kiddo, this year you will learn so much!

i will be missing you today, gun! i will be thinking about you and sending you positive love vibes all day!! and i will be there when the bell rings with a big you- made- it- through- the- first- day- of- first- grade hug! you are going to be so good! dad, lark, and i love and believe in you!! i’m looking forward to hearing about everything!! we love you son, so much!! no matter what, you will always be  in the top of our class!! love you gunnie guns!! happy first day of school to you!!!!! i am coming to wake you up now; let the adventure begin! xoxox mom, dad, and lark