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little bit of mother sadness, snap me outta this!!

August 20th, 2013 at 10:17 am

My favorite reply whenever I heard other mothers sigh and say 'they grow up so fast' was: "You don't remember!! The constant interruption? Not being able to finish a complete thought for years? Your memory is so selective!"

Having gas in the car, milk and water in the house some weeks when my kids were grade school age was a minor miracle!

Getting them to eat healthy, sleep enough, stay off the TV, and read books was a full time job.

Yada yada yada...whatever.

Today my two go back to school. My oldest is a sophomore at a magnet school which means there is no bus in our neighborhood for it. Last year I drove him, being a freshman it just helped in the transition. The last couple months last year he rode his bike back and forth (about 5 mi one way). A couple of his friends in our neighborhood were doing the same and he joined up with them.

This year, then, my oldest decided to ride his bike to school every day. It is a step toward independence. No longer does he wait on someone else to do what he needs to do.

My pain? Y'know how sometimes important moments happen in those unplanned times? Such as in the car driving to school. Especially with a rather clammed up teen boy. That opportunity is no longer a daily occurrence.

Maybe I would see what girls say 'hi' to him when I dropped him at school (you better believe he wouldn't tell me on his own!). Maybe I would just ask in the car, 'Are you ready for this or that exam?' and some other thing in his life would surface.

Frown yah whatever. Life goes on!!

Gotta leave you with a smile ok? Etsy pays for google product ads, they pick privately out of the million things on the Etsy site. My things seem to get regularly picked, just for a day here and there. This one has a google product ad today, must be under 'funny get well cards'.

Funny Get Well Cowboy Baby Card

Hope all you moms with school kids out there keep the chin up!

7 Responses to “little bit of mother sadness, snap me outta this!!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Mine start school tomorrow and I'm feeling sad about it too. I know exactly what you mean about those conversations that pop up during transportation. I treasure those!! ((Hugs)) to you.

  2. laura Says:


    My boys went off to the bus stop themselves today (OK, it is really over two houses (we live at the center of a cul-de-sac, so I can spy without being seen). I was all set to accompany them, and the 6th grader said, "Ma, I got this one." The youngest one gave a big smile and wave. They're certainly on their way to being big boys Frown

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Nearly EVERYthing about being a parent is bittersweet! It feels like every single normal-seeming thing fills me with joy and pain at the same time. No one told me what an emotional rollercoaster parents go through, while appearing casual so their little guys can go about the business of growing up. I guess it's a hard thing to explain to a non-parent even if you could -- and it wouldn't have stopped me having kids even if I'd known how many times I want to tear up with happy-sadness in the course of a week. Smile

  4. Little L Says:

    My oldest is a senior in high school and drives himself to school now. I kind of miss picking him up in the afternoons (he walked in the mornings). It's bittersweet.

  5. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Mine's at a tricky age right now where he is trying to grow up faster than the rate that is good for him, but needs lots of explanation and cautious monitoring on his "gradual route to adulthood." But the first day my child started kindergarten, when he naturally and confidently left us to go to his desk and be comfortable in a new environment, I was in tears for hours.

  6. Buendia Says:

    F starts 3rd grade tomorrow, and I know exactly what you mean! She becomes more and more independent, and I cry on the first day of school and on the day before summer vacation. I cried when we had our 3rd grade "welcome the new family" on Sunday evening just watching the kids (there were about 12 from the class of 19) playing all together in a big lump, like a family (which they kind of are - small school, small class). Being a parent is the best thing and it's like being stabbed in the heart every day!

  7. M E 2 Says:



    My mom hated all 4 of us being home all summer, LOL. The first day of school was the happiest day of the year for her. Smile And she was beyond happy to have an empty nest.

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