Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Today is the first day of September and it's also the first day of school for my kids. Marlowe's first day of first grade. Their first day in a new school. First day meeting kids in our new neighborhood. First day of the rest of our lives.

It really feels that way to me, and I'm a little choked up. It was the first time I walked my kids onto campus and didn't get stopped every few feet by friends and other parents asking questions or kibbutzing about teachers and programs. This is cliche, but I went from being a big fish in a small pond to being just one of the many guppies in a new pond. And it felt really good.

September has always felt like the beginning of a new year to me, a chance to start fresh and begin again. This year, it is more palpable than in previous years because of the new house, the new school, a new world vision after our travels this summer, learning to live in a world without Max. But I'm happy about it, all of it. I may be like Marlowe and wear a "Hello, My Name Is___" sticker today.

I'm still finding out who I am, what my name is here. It may take me a while to fill in that blank, but I will. For now, I'm content to wander unencumbered through the school yard, a guppy among guppies, learning to swim through the school of life.


  1. I hope you all have a great year, filled with wonderful first memories of this new journey!

  2. So very glad to hear all went well - that's great! Looking forward to coming up to see you soon!