It’s Monday night. And tomorrow, is Jr. High. For Christian, that is. But it kind of feels a little like a new chapter for all of us.
It feels a bit strange, if I’m being honest. When we got home late Thursday night, we jumped right back into our normal life with a Friday Youth Group pool party and then a few photography sessions over the weekend for me. Throw in trying to get vacation laundry done and last minute food and school shopping and I suppose that might explain why I’m sitting here in a bit of a whirlwind trying to process sending our son off to Jr. High tomorrow.
We crammed about half of his school supplies in his new backpack.
I’m really hoping he doesn’t need all 1,000 sheets of paper, because there was only room for about 500. We did fit the pencils, glue sticks, highlighters and the huge zipper binder, so I suppose that should do for a first day.
While packing up, Christian asked me to empty his pencil sharpener, to which I promptly reminded him that he was going into Jr. High and was perfectly capable of doing it himself. Sometimes I think he just likes me to help him, and it’s always a bit of a balance of soaking in these days (when he still kind of needs me), but also pushing him towards doing things for himself and becoming independent (even in little things like emptying his own pencil sharpener out).
He also took time to set out his outfit for tomorrow. Probably the biggest change for us this year with Jr. High is Christian having to get up at 5:45am to catch the 6:30am bus. He’s been spoiled for 7 years getting to walk across the street to go to elementary school, skipping the whole bus experience all together. So we’re trying to figure out things that will save time and give him a bit of extra sleeping in.
Before bed, we took a few minutes to read from the book of Proverbs in the Bible. I wanted to set it as part of our new routine, because Proverbs has a lot of verses about being wise and I figured it would be a great way to remind Christian to do good things as he enters his Jr. High years.
And then we prayed and he went to bed. And all before 9pm, which was pretty good considering we’ve been on summer schedule with later nights.
It’s Monday night. And tomorrow is Jr. High. And for some it’s Elementary School and High School and my prayer for our kids and for all kids is for a safe and happy school year. It’s a prayer that our kids that will work hard and listen to their teachers and that the teachers and school administrators will have the strength and wisdom that they need to instruct these impressionable hearts and minds. I also pray that our kids will be kind and loving to their friends and to everyone around them. It’s a simple prayer, but one that is on my heart and I’m sure the hearts of so many other parents as we anticipate tomorrow and the new beginnings that it will bring.