We’re in the season of new notebooks, fresh packs of loose leaf paper, and thinking ahead of pre-packed lunches. Yep, it’s back-to-school season and I remember those days like it was yesterday.
When I suggested to my ten-year-old niece that we go grocery shopping at our local department store, she immediately expressed her fear of spotting their “back-t0-school” section. Ahh, yes: mid-August always called for school supply lists and organizing carpools, choosing new backpacks, and perfecting an after-school daycare plan.
I often think back from when I was a youngin’, treading my way to primary school (which was only a 15 minute walk). Those years were definitely a roller coaster ride: sometimes, kids were mean. Other times, every single classmate became my best friend.
Here are some of the things that stuck out to me the most:
- My mom would get up extra early to prepare our lunches – and our lunches were awesome. I remember once, my siblings and I complained about finding hair in our food and since then, my mom went would put on a hairnet every single morning to avoid any other incidents. It breaks my heart to think that she did all of this for us.
- During the early grades, I took a big, yellow school bus and my mom taught me to hold on for extra safety and precaution. I hung on to those faux-leather seats and didn’t let go.
- My mom organized the best birthday parties. I remember one year, she put on a Disney movie, set some bowls of chips and candies on a large table, and prepared a big platter of hot dogs on another. The partying and fun was left up to us kids. It was as if we a bunch of ten-year-olds were having a “raving house party.” (The bowls of junk food needed more than one refill throughout the afternoon.)
- I hated my 1st grade picture. My two front teeth had just fallen out but a classmate of mine told me I looked like a princess, so it was a definite confidence booster (even as a six-year-old).
- Despite all my worries (“Why doesn’t ‘so-and-so’ like me?” “I have too much homework.”), my mom was always there to save the day.
All that to say: despite my school years being an up-and-down roller coaster ride, I couldn’t have done it without my mama. I hope to follow in her footsteps one day.