Back to School Afternoon

Today my children started school. Have you ever seen that commercial from Staples? It is a small sample of how I feel.

The afternoon before I took Middle Child over to the Junior High to check out his classes, find his locker, and get it decorated. Decorations for a Teenage Boy includes a White Board, Magnetic Pencil Cup, and Colored Markers. I insisted he bring all his stuff to school so he wouldn't be weighed down this morning. 

Being a typical teenager he huffed and said "I"ll bring it tomorrow."

"No, you'll take it this afternoon so you don't have to try and do it tomorrow while you're hurrying to class." I insisted again.

"No Mom!" huffing and sighing from the Middle Child.

"Well, we'll take the stuff to school with you and then let you wander around..."

We all climb in the car. As soon as we get to the school Middle Child hops out. He high tails it into the school, at least 10 feet in front of us.We all enter the school, us a few feet behind Middle Child. he frantically searches for his locker, hurrying.

Finally, "Here's my locker!" He sighs with relief. We help him put all his stuff in his locker, getting him ready for his first big day of school.

We shut the locker. He starts to head out to find his classes, his back turned to us.

"Middle Child!" pause "Middle Child!" He slows down. I grab his arm and he keeps looking the other way. "Middle Child!"

"What!" he finally stops.

I start to tell him to call me when he's done but he won't look at me. Quietly I say "Would you please turn around and look at me."

"What do you want?"

"I just want to tell you to call me when you're done and I'll pick you up. But I'd like to tell your face, not your back."

"Fine. I'll call."And he's off.

Despite my best intentions I have raised a bona fide teenager.


Urban Parks said...

Yes you have and a teenager in all his gory enthusiasm of having his Mom around. We feel for you, but wait, weren't you a teenager once. You can't tell us you were NEVER like that. We still remember, and remember, and remember. Some nights it causes nightmares. He'll grow out of it. YOU DID (I think)!

quilts and quirks said...

I just remember insisting whoever was with me at the mall had to walk with me. Not four steps ahead of me. Teenagers, teenagers...I forgot what I was going to say. All seven of you wore me down. I can't remember a bad thing about the whole affair. I can't remember raising you seven!! You guys just grew up.

denverallens said...

Well that bona fide teenager called to 'chat' with me on the way home from school yesterday! I checked when we were done and it was 8:36 minutes! A very grown up conversation about school and how great it was. Cute, cute, cute!

sally said...

Middle Child is the best. After this weekend I keep looking at Chas and remembering him when he was that size. I can't believe how grown up he is now.

Anonymous said...

Haha!! That Staples commercial is one of my all-time faves!! My kids don't start school until after Labor Day!! (Stupid State Law...)--Kim

Donna said...

Just a little over a week and you can do the Mommy Dance!

quilts and quirks said...

One of my favorite ads. I always laugh my head off when I see it. I use to always say the first day of school was party time for moms.

Midwestern Gone Idahoan said...

The fun I have to look forward too! When we were walking around the middle school with Ellen, her girlfriend was so embarassed by her mom! I laughed so hard and told her that Ellen likes me around:) Or at least that is what she tells me!!