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The first day of school can be met with stress, anxiety, frustration, and resistance; or it can be a delightful farewells and good luck as you wave goodbye to your children's smiling faces as the board the school bus. This year, we are happy to say, in the Higham House, the first day of school can with the latter, delightful farewells and smiling faces. Well, as close to smiling as teenage boys will allow.
It's finally here, our younger three have started the 2018-2019 school year. It's a little bit of a weird feeling. For so long, the first day of school involved the tag-teaming of two parents working to get five kids up, dressed, fed, to bus stops, or even to school itself, all before heading out to our own jobs or activities. This year, we're down to just three.
The big day arrived, and despite some apprehensions about the new year, all three were up and ready to go; on-time and in good spirits. Number 3 started 10th grade. Number 4 is in 7th grade. And, number 5 is beginning 4th grade. The older two, if you're wondering, are both in college, first year and second year respectfully.
He might not look happy in the photo, but we think he's excited to be moving into 10th grade.
Over the last year or so, number 3 has developed a real interest in photography and a talent for basketball.
We're hoping this year that he will continue to work towards developing these talents.
He has already taken a number of photographs that are simply stunning.
Number 4 is excited to be entering the Junior High.
He's looking forward to a season of basketball, and the challenge that comes with being in Junior High.
No doubt he will experience all sorts of new things in the coming year.
Clearly the most excited of the three is our number 5.
She has been planning and looking forward to the first day of school for weeks.
She's had her outfit, hair, and shoes picked out long before there was any serious talk about
the new school year. She missed her friends, and was looking forward to the start of her 4th grade year.
With number 1 and 2 both in college, it's a little weird sending off just 3 kids. Almost feels like were missing something, or someone. And in some ways I guess we are. But, life goes on and change come. Our kids are growing up and moving on. And, that's a good thing; for us and for them. It means we're doing our job; raising up our kids and sending them out.
What does the new school year hold for the all in the Higham House?
We don't know. But we're ready!
It's going to be a great year!
- the higham family -
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