Monday, September 04, 2006

The Sun'll Come Out TOMORROW...

...or at least, I hope it will. For tomorrow is the first day of school. Memorable for all.

In this house, the wee ones will be going into grades 1, 4 and 6. The one in grade 6 will experience "boys only" as this is the year that the boys are separated from the girls. (but believe me, they make up for that in later years!) Bodies are changing, interests are developing... Mix that in with "limudei Kodesh" (holy teachings: Torah, Mishnah, Gemara, Navi...) and it could be a problem. And so, there will now be THE BOYS vs. THE GIRLS.

My oldest isn't yet interested in girls anyhow, so he's not complaining! In fact, post kindergarten, I find that the boys and girls stick with their own kind anyhow...

Hopefully the sun will shine. We will take the traditional "first day of school" photos -- uniforms and all -- and will head off to greet the mayhem that the school parking lot and surrounding streets become.

We will escort our nervous and excited children to their respective classrooms, meet the teachers and move on to the coffee morning for parents. We will play the "What did you do this summer?/Did you go anywhere?/Where did the kids go for camp?/What class are they in?/What programs are they signed up for after school?" game.

I'm not that great at the game. I am not comfortable with small talk, nor am I comfortable with certain members of the school population.

Heck, I think I'm regressing to my eight-year-old self, aren't I, 'cause it's the first day of school.

So anyhow... What class are YOU in? What teacher do YOU have? What did YOU do this summer?

...but more importantly: DO YOU WANT TO SIT WITH ME AT LUNCH!?