Yesterdays Mail…

I have lots of things that I want to get posted on here, but I just haven’t had the time lately. The back to school routine should settle down here soon and I hope to have more time. Just like any other mom, I was more than ready for the ladies to head back to school, but this school year has had me a little nervous. Our oldest started middle school. I’m not sure why I’m freaking out, internally, that she is now in 6th grade. Maybe it’s because it doesn’t seem like all that long ago I was there, in the same school (it was our high school then), feeling shy and awkward, trying to remember which class I had next, that stupid locker combination that wouldn’t work because I was always getting my gym combo and hall combo confused? Or, maybe I just can’t come to terms with the fact that she is growing up too fast and that makes me feel OLD!! Yep, that’s it! I remember putting her pretty little face on the school bus for Kindergarten. I cried. Two years later, putting our youngest on the bus was a breeze! I teared up a little, but not like when Madelynn left that day. I think about this and wonder, why? I was used to having, at least, one of my girls home with me all day and now they are both gone. I should have been a mess..guess that episode is still a mystery, because I can’t figure it out! So, this school year starts. I took Madelynn for her open house. I was fine. I was fine until I got home from dropping them both off that first day and I lost it again! (I’m actually getting emotional writing this..Geez!) Malerie seems to love 4th grade, so far. When we found out who her teacher was going to be, I knew it was going to be okay for her, because she had the same teacher for Kindergarten. Madelynn is now in school sports. She is a little more adventurous, like her dad. I didn’t do sports in school..I was on the yearbook committee..Good enough! We are a full week in to school now and everything seems to be going good. Mornings are working out with less arguing than in past years and soon we will be going to Madelynns volleyball games.

On to the title and reason for this post..I got the mail yesterday and I teared up again. Don’t get me wrong, I usually feel like crying or destroying the mailbox when I get the mail, but I maintain because that’s not real mature! Anyway, yesterday the only thing in the mailbox was a light blue post card. On the label it said, “To the Parents/Guardian of: Madelynn”. I flipped it over, while pulled up to the mailbox, in the wrong lane of traffic (good thing we don’t have much traffic on our street) and read the following:

Dear Mom and Dad,

Wednesday our first day of  school went good as you know. I had Mr. Erb for a homeroom.

I love this school. It was hard at first but I like it a lot. We can chew gum and eat candy and have

our cell phones. The teachers are nice. Lockers are getting easier everyday, except for the fact I

need to clean it! The thing I don’t like is the locker is next to the bell. That is SO LOUD! Mrs. Bivins

is an awesome teacher. She is my teacher before the lunch!

Love, Madelynn

It may be strange to some, but that little post card, with her hand writing, telling us about school made me feel so much better. In the past the kids have received letters or post cards from their teachers, but we have never received anything like that. It is a little hard to read, since she wrote it in pencil, but I plan on keeping that with all of her other school memories. Once again, it’s the simple, little things in life that make me happy or feel better. That little blue post card was the highlight of my day..all because I got yesterdays mail.

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4 responses to “Yesterdays Mail…

  1. I loved getting the post card in the mail from my 6th grader too. It was a neat thing they did. And with the kindergarten memories, I cried like a baby after I put the oldest on the bus, youngest not so much either.

  2. What a very special thing for her to do. Yes, that one is a keeper. Why is it always harder on the moms than it is on the kids!!!

    • Still trying to figure that out since we all seem to start the mental countdown to when they go back, as soon as they get out! Then when it gets close and people ask when they start, my standard response is “not soon enough!” I think it’s just the fact that chaos has been a daily routine for the last 3 months and then it’s the silence you wanted, but still a little shock!

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