And then, just like that, pencils and glue sticks were already purchased, new folders and back to school shirts were chosen, and the kids were standing on the front porch for their back-to-school-morning photo. Then Mike was loading them into the van and they were driving off with windows rolled down so the younger kids and I could shout our goodbyes to them for as long as they might hear us. In my head I kept shouting those little goodbyes for the rest of the day.
(Penny will start this year as well. Kindergarten just starts a week later.)
That evening I took the older three with me to go check out some big cement pipes I’d been eyeing. I find that, ever since getting my camera, I notice things I simply would have driven obliviously past before – like big cement pipes. Usually the kids aren’t too hip on letting me go take their pictures somewhere, but it ended up being me who was ready to leave first this time. It turns out giant cement pipes are just begging to be played in and on and around. Even Abe kept saying, “Thanks for taking us, Mom! That was fun!” and ever since seeing the pictures Penny has been pleading to be taken to the cement “tunnels”.