Get Ready–Get Set–Go

Mac starts Kindergarten in one week.  My 2nd born is off to face the world of giants, and more excited than I have ever seen him.  We read “Oh the Places You’ll Go” last night, my mom and dad bought it for me when I graduated from high school, it is still a book that I go to when I feel discouraged and need a pick-me-up!

“You won’t lag behind, because you’ll know the speed.  You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.  Wherever you fly, you’ll be  best of the best.  Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.  Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I am sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.

You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch.  And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a lurch.”

This book is much more profound for grown-ups than it is for kids.  My boys love the rhymes, I love the message.  Life looks so much like the pages in this book.

  I was brave when I sent Cooper to school, but when I got into the car, I cried.  “It’s just kindergarten Jess,”  Kevin told me. I knew that, but to a mom who lives and breathes her kids, it is so much more. It is the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another.  A chapter that begins the slow journey of letting go.

I am sure that I’ll cry when Mac goes to school.  I will rush home and bake 10 different batches of cookies, so when he gets home we can sit down with milk and a treat, and talk about his day!  I am thankful for the opportunity to watch Mac  grow wings, even if I am not quite ready.

“So… be your name Buxbaurm or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!   Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting.  So…get on your way!

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  1. I cried every first day of school, even through high school. We want them to be independent, but at the same time we want them to need us like they did when they were so very young. It is a delicate balance. But Mac will do great I am sure of that! (can’t believe it has been five years; I know I said that before, but can’t believe it has been five years)


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