Friday, September 01, 2006

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's off to school we go!!

Well it's the morning of the first day of school. Everyone was up, dressed and ready to go with time to spare. It is the first day after all. We skipped out the door and met up with fellow classmates making their trek.
The yard was jammed. This year school starts at 8:30. Last year it was 8:50. Line up began at 8:30 and the children all went in a semi orderly line into their classes. OK.
Somehow the school that my children go to is 20 minutes short of the national average each day. So this year we'll "Start at 8:30!" and get those extra minutes. Hmmm! The lineup in the yard is still at 8:30 this year. I don't really get this. The "opening" time is earlier, but their not in their classes any earlier. Glad I'm not in Government Education here.
Around 9:00, most parents were leaving the yard. Seems like a national holiday for parents. Laughing, talking, leisurely walking down to the coffee shop with half of the parents at the school. The sun is out, light breeze, coffee, scones. Man, we could get used to this and we will!! Most of the toddlers that were around last year have started school. There is an expression of FREEDOM on some parents faces I have never seen. No whinging, tugging, screaming or interception of conversations with anyone over the age of 3. FREEDOM I tell you. In the words of Martha "It's a good thing" I don't usually quote her, but it is. All that and I must say, we've been beyond that for a good many years, but it was great to see it happen to others.

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