Some people adore looking at the cute first day pictures, while others hate it. I am one of those that love looking at them. Unfortunately I never have custody of my children on the first day of school; it is just the luck of the draw their dad’s week always ends up on the first week of school. Week on week off has its advantages and disadvantages. We alternate holidays but days like the first day of school is just a normal week. I have never taken the first day of school picture with the cute little sign. It is a little difficult looking at all the pictures of everyone’s adorable children going off to the first day of their new grade knowing they will hear all about it in the afternoon.
I went to the local grocery store that happens to be right next to the schools. I kept seeing parents of the my children’s classmates; I got a lot of “happy first day of school”. I would say “you too” and smile but inside I was not smiling at all. I was wishing I was as happy as these other parents but really I just want my kids home and with me. I miss them when they are away and do not have the same happiness of them starting school. I feel like the outsider
Happy first day of school to all you readers that have your children this week. To all those, like me, that do not have your children at home the first day of school, I feel you. “Our” first day of school will be another day, another week. But I know we all love our children the same. I was fortunate to at least get to meet the kids at their meet the teacher day yesterday and gets pictures of them with their teachers. I am very hands on no matter whether I have full custody or 50/50.