Today, August 25th at 8:30 a.m., marks the end of freedom as my son knows it. No more video games, no random tv watching and a bedtime of 8:30 p.m. No, he’s not on any type of punishment (that rarely happens), but it is the first day of school here in Howard County, Maryland. I’m not sure about a lot of kids, but my son is psyched about going back to school. Yesterday, all he could speak of was the friends he hasn’t seen in a year because we relocated to another area, and how much he missed them. At our local grocery store, as we were in the meat section, the butcher came out and gave him a hand shake and at first I thought to myself, ‘Who is this man?’, but then I realized his daughter and my son were really good friends from kindergarten to 2nd grade. Maya’s dad immediately recognized my son and told him ‘welcome back’. He did ask what was I feeding him because he’s grown a lot since the last time he saw him.
One thing I will miss about the last school system he attended is the school uniform policy, which is the only thing I feel Prince Georges County has done right in their school system. I am definitely a staunch advocate of school uniforms. Not only is it money saving and cost effective, it eliminates competition between children. No one cares if your jeans aren’t True Religion vs Target jeans, because you both have on the same navy colored khakis. Whether or not you wear Air Force Ones doesn’t matter either, because everyone has on plain black shoes. In any event, Old Navy was a life saver. Saturday they had a huge sale with jeans only $7 and $12 and most shirts were 50-70% off. It was definitely worth the 45 minute wait in line with a bunch of screaming kids and frustrated parents in the background. What is interesting is that I spent more money on his school supply list than the clothes. Will they even use everything on the supply list? Who knows??
So at 5:45 a.m, my son woke up, fixed himself breakfast, showered and got dressed, even though he doesn’t have to be at school until 8:30. I told him that 5:45 isn’t even on my radar, I needed at least another hour worth of sleep. Did I get it? Nope. If he was psyched, he felt I should be as well. Yes, I’m psyched that it’s his first day of school, but I’m also psyched because I’m working from home and I get some peace and quiet!
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