August 25, 2010

The First Day of School


My babies started first grade today.

I didn't cry.

I cried when they started Kindergarten.

I'll consider my tear-free morning a good thing.

I had to wake them both -- they are not morning people, which is one of the things I love most about them -- and I had to practically force feed them breakfast. But once they had a little food in them, they were downright giddy and ready to go.

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We took pictures and then drove to school, parked and went in.


In Kindergarten you walk your child in, stand around the classroom with your camera in your hand and, after 10 minutes or so, finally leave.

In First Grade you walk your child to to the row of hooks outside their classroom, where they hang their backpack, but you don't go in.

And in my case, both of your children hang up their backpack and then bound into their classroom, without even stopping to look back, while you're yelling, "Have a great first day!" like some sort of crazy woman standing in the hall.

Once they were in their classrooms, I walked out of the school and back to my car and sat there for a moment thinking to myself, "What do I do now? I have the whole day and no little people."

I went to the Farmer's Market.

And to Office Max and Starbuck's for a hot chocolate -- that I actually drank inside the Starbuck's while reading the newspaper. I went to the grocery store to get good cocoa powder to bake a cake for tonight's First Day of School Celebration. I bumped into a friend there -- who also has twins who were born in China -- and we commiserated about our new-found childlessness.


I went home and finished setting up for tonight's party, cleaned the kitchen and then sat on the porch and worked on a project for the girls' school.

And then, before I knew it, it was time to pick the girls up.

They had a great first day, loved their teachers and are excited to go back tomorrow.

And me? Did I mention I didn't cry?


  1. I think you need to start Friday Finds again, just to take your mind off the girls being back at school! :)

    They're big girls now, and they're so lucky to have each other.


  2. So sweet! Hope they both have a great year at school and you enjoy your few hours off!


  3. No tears - that is wonderful - for all three of you! ;-) Your celebration dinner looked beautiful. Simple food never looked so elegant!
    My identical twin daughters also born in China started first grade this year. At their request, we kept them together for another year. I am wondering if you are thinking of sharing your experiences with having the girls in separate classrooms, maybe on the adopt-twins site? It is always a great topic there.
    I hope this is a wonderful year for you all!

  4. Oh so proud of them...and you (for not crying). Michal and Kenna look adorable.

    After 13 years of always having a little home for most of the day...I will have a whole day (9-2:30) to myself this year. I cannot wait. I am looking forward to my 5 and 1/2 hours of freedom! I adore my peanuts but I cannot wait to stroll around a grocery store, meet a friend for lunch, exercise, clean my house uninterrupted...ahhhh.



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