Middle School Monday

I’ve finally got the office work under control so I can spend a few free minutes on WP. I swear, it truly is an addiction…I get withdrawal when I don’t get to visit my fellow blogger’s sites. I’m off to do that in a moment. But first….


Today was the first day of school for my two kids. This year they are both in middle school. One has his foot halfway out the door in 8th grade and my “baby” girl (she’d die if she knew I said that) is just starting out in sixth. We had an interesting first day — the usual Dockfam morning — not without drama. I don’t believe that either child slept last night as my young nocturnal offspring haven’t gotten out of bed prior to 2pm all summer break and they were both awake before we were this morning.

I’d been after my son for a week about packing his bags for school. He had football practice in the mornings, which is not something that he is used to as they practiced after school last year. Every time I would ask he would get impatient with me replying “Ok Ma, I got it…I know…I’ve been ready for like 2 weeks…ugh” (Say this out loud while rolling your eyes — you have just impersonated my kid) To which I would say “Ok son…I hope so.”. This morning there was panic as my husband ushered him out the door. I heard tons of noise in the other room and when I asked what the hell was going on, my husband said “Your son can’t find his lunch money….or his football cleats!”. AH HA! Mom was right again…I knew this would happen. After about 10 minutes both items in question surfaced and he got to school on time. When I get home from work he will be payed a visit from the “I told you so” fairy and I will get a good chuckle.

It was my task to take my daughter to school on my way to work. Because of the time my office opens, this puts her at school about an hour or so before 1st period. She had actually been excited about this “extra” socializing time. Up until today, my daughter has not seemed very phased by the fact that she is switching schools for the first time and will now be a little fish in a big pond. She’s been wearing the cool and carefree mask all summer long however today I saw the faintest glimmer of fear in those pretty brown eyes.

I made sure she got in ok and reminded her how to get to the cafeteria. I waited to leave until I was sure she wouldn’t come running back out. Then, about 10 minutes into my ride to work I realized I forgot to leave her with lunch money! Ugh. I turned around and went back. As I walked up to the cafeteria I looked in and saw where she was. As other groups of chattering boys and girls sat together enjoying each others company…my heart sank when I saw my little girl….my little social butterfly…sitting by herself at the long table just staring at the door waiting to see a familiar face. When the face that she saw, instead was mine…she grimaced, grabbed the money and whispered “I love you, now leave please”. Trying to play cool, but I could tell she was nervous as hell. Man, these years are hard.

As I write this they have 30 minutes left to their first day and I cannot wait to get home and hear all about it. Either they will still be excited and ready to talk about their first day or I will come home to two exhausted bodies passed out on their beds. For some reason I feel that I should more than likely expect the latter.

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About Jennifer Dockery

I’m Jennifer, married to David for nearly 15 wonderful years. We live in the hell-like barren desert of southern US, also known as Texas with our 2 teenagers. I work outside the home full time and I enjoy blogging, reading, cooking and playing guitar and piano. Our family loves to go on family vacations and we have a distinct love of all things Disney related. We would eat rice and beans for dinner for a whole year if it meant we could therefore take a long, fun filled, memory making vacation together. No, we’re not stupid that’s just how we roll. Please connect with me any which way, I'd be delighted to get to know you!

Posted on August 27, 2012, in Just for Fun, Parenting and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Oh Lord yes they were tough years! Never want to do them over either. Hope they did well mom.

    • Me too. I went to one school from Pre-K to 6th and then one school from 7th – 12th. So, I changed schools ONCE and I really don’t remember the change being that difficult or really ever worrying about fitting in or being popular. That just wasn’t who I was. I’m trying really hard to instill that same independence in my own children but I think it’s just a completely different day and age. I have the feeling these are going to be some LONG years ahead!

  2. Best of luck to your youngest. The whole situation sounds like a sitcom.

  3. This post brought me back to my school days and all that my mom went through, specially waking up my brother, poor woman, she deserved more peace, but hey, we don’t figure that put until we are fending for ourselves.

  4. Dear D,
    OMG!!! My eyes teared up at this!! I am sooooo with you on all of this!
    Littlest Kindergartener told me today that nobody played with him at recess. He cried.
    I didn’t, only on the inside.
    Don’t you wish we could just go in there and save them, like we could when they were babies? There wasn’t one part of their day I couldn’t make better.
    I swear having kids is like wearing your heart on the outside of your body. Mine feels kinda beat up today!!
    Wonderful post…I identified…obviously. :)
    Love, L
    xoxo

    • Well I hope he has a better day today!! I think my daughter did better as the day went on. She found some of her friends at lunch, so that’s good. i do miss the days of having little ones! *sniff*

  5. Hope they had a good day; and you too mom. I have grandchildren now so I don’t see anyone off to school anymore.

  6. It’s always nice when they leave, but by the time school gets out you’re ready for them to come home! Of course, I don’t miss any of that! Ok, maybe a little.

  7. Jenn,
    I rarely link back to my blog when I am on someone’s blog… I get enough traffic as it is. But there’s a contest you might like… Just sayin’…
    Le Clown

    • Awesome! I’ll check it out. I’m so busy in the office today I’m actually replying from my cell, sadly there will be no blog post today. But I’m gonna steal a minute or two if I can and see what u r talkin about. Thanks Le Clown!

  8. Gah, middle school! Thank goodness we don’t have to go through it twice! I hope your kids had a good first day :)

  9. “Man, these years are hard.” I was recently asked if I wanted to go back to my high school years. Without hesitation, I responded, “NO WAY!” Maybe if I’d been the handsome football hero quarterback my answer would be different…

    Russ

    • High school, no way….Middle school maybe… elementary…definitely! Who wouldn’t want to make hot air balloons made of paper mache and have fun parties with lots of cookies and candy? those were the days!

  10. Those ages are hard and probably even harder for the Mom’s as for the kids to see them go through this period..Diane

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