Yesha Callahan

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

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!



My favorite Staples commercials!

  1. August 25, 2008 - Reply

    u are so silly

    • August 25, 2008 - Reply


      i’ve been known to have my moments

  2. August 25, 2008 - Reply

    I’m glad the kids are back in school…just hate dealing with the crowds when I have to go pick up my niece or nephew from school.

  3. August 25, 2008 - Reply

    Two of the schools here just went to dress codes and I hope they all go! The codes are enough to allow expression without the foolish that occurs now.

  4. August 26, 2008 - Reply

    The second commercial says it all for me. and he rarely gets punished.. lucky kid!! My son is bright as a whip, but stays in trouble. I work from my home office, so that 2nd commercial is on point. I heart back to school and my baby boy.

    • August 26, 2008 - Reply


      The second commercial has me rolling every time I see it.

  5. August 26, 2008 - Reply

    I have to admit, I hated when the uniform policy was enforced in Philly. I mean, from a child’s perspective, you are happy because you were getting new clothes for school, but from a parent’s perspective you just needed new clothes for the fall and winter, the fact that school started around the same time just made things easier. So now, as a parent, I have to buy uniforms AND fall and winter clothes. Sucks if you ask me. But I do agree about the name brands and all. As far as my excitement to have them back in school…commercial number 2 says it all!!! I think I was the first there at orientation night–front row and all!

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