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School Is (Finally) In Session!

2017 September 6
by Becky


School started! It finally happened!! We have watched every other friend go back to school for weeks while we waited. And waited. I swear the weeks got longer. We must be the last school in the world to start.

Except for the one that starts on September 7th. Really?? So late!


Ethan has been ready since the day we drove past his new school, so excited to make new friends and “do projects.” This school is about four times bigger than our old one, plus they require uniforms, so I was expecting him to be nervous. But, in true Ethan style, he walked right through the front door ready to go. He’s been so incredibly brave this summer, proving his outgoing personality over and over at camps, the playground, anyplace we’ve been around kids he’s never met. We’re very proud of him for being SO willing to try new things.

There’s been so much build up to this day that I wasn’t all that sad dropping him off. It was such a whirlwind of parents and teachers and he seemed so happy, how could I be sad?

There was someone who wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye…


These two have gotten pretty close in the past two months—sometimes a little too close, like when Ethan would act more like a 3 year old than a 6.5 year old. Thank goodness for siblings when you move to a new city! They did a great job entertaining each other and kept the fighting to a manageable level. Especially since we don’t really know anyone here anymore so playdates have been few and far between. That’s the thing about living in DC, people move a lot. We’re all very ready to make some new friends! I love how determined Ethan seems to get to know his classmates.


So how did it go? Great!

I couldn’t help but pump Ethan for information when I picked him up. I hadn’t slept the night before and had thought about him every minute of the day, wondering how he was doing in such a big new environment. He likes his teacher, he had fun at recess, he liked the classroom work, he was invited to a birthday party (along with the whole class of course) and he begged to try buying lunch the next day.

We are so thrilled and hope everything keeps going smoothly. There are some big differences between this public school and the little private one we attended in St. Louis—namely he has to wear shoes all day and there aren’t any chickens on the playground—but we are really happy to be a part of this community and can’t wait to get more involved!


Now all I need is for my foot to get all healed up so I can walk him the three blocks to school. It’s getting better, I can make it two blocks to the park and grocery store without too much discomfort. Here’s hoping next week I’ll be ready. Walking to school is the dream!

One Response
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    September 8, 2017

    Ethan is getting so big! He looks ready for school in his blue uniform. Love his smile and the picture of Finn hugging him.

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