Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Back to School

As predicted, the first day of school was old hat for Cael, while I was biting my nails in anticipation.  But in addition to Cael's elementary school premier, I was nervous for my upcoming coronation as the most irritating mother at Washington Elementary School.

Thank you, thank you. 
I made Joel pull up to the door so that Cael could get used to the routine of the drop-off despite the fact that I was planning to accompany him in the classroom.  Once out of the van, I flipped into paparazzi mode.  
We snapped photos outside the building.  
I photographed him in front of his classroom.  
I pointed the camera at anything with my son's name.
 I made him compulsively repeat his actions so they could be documented on camera as if he were a celebrity.  Which, in his mind, he pretty much is.

As I was preparing to leave, I assured him that he looked incredibly handsome and studious.

"Cael, you look wonderful today."

"Yes, I know."

"And you're going to have a great time, right?"


"Remember to follow directions and speak up.  Be friendly."

"I know, Mommy."

"Alright, it's time for me to go.  Are you excited?"

"Ugh.  Yes, Mommy.  I'm excited.  And I look awesome...  And you have a sticker on your butt."

Thank you, thank you.
Good luck, big boy.


  1. Cute outfit. Cale looks handsome! I see he picked a snail for his symbol. Pictures of a snail will soon hold a special place in your heart. Lily picked a bird last year & so now I am very fond of bird stickers, pictures, etc. Their symbols become very meaningful throughout the year : )

    1. I just wrote about it this morning! I'm not sure why the snail appealed to him, but based on his behavior, it was appropriate!

  2. haha...I'm sure I'll be the same way with my camera! He looks like a stud :-)

  3. He has the same teacher Violet did last year (she was in Lily's class -- Hi, Shirley!) and her symbol was a rainbow. Can you imagine how excited she was to see all of the rainbows we've seen this summer? In a couple of weeks, he'll know everyone's symbol -- such a fun way to identify themseves :)

    1. I bet! I hope this doesn't mean that I'm going to have to go digging for snails in the drainage ditch near my house. If so, the kid will be sorely disappointed.


Leave your own "ism". Cael and Graham double-dog dare you.