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First Day of School 2016 – 7th grade and Kindergarten
Previous years: 2014 // 2015

“A portrait of my children every week in 2016.”

Lillia: This week you started school as a seventh-grader! This seems impossible—wasn’t I just a seventh-grader? The transition back to school has been a bit rough for you, in large part because you are desperately missing your pen pal / Skype pal / best friend, Jessica, who lives in England. You guys chatted almost every day this summer, and now it’s much harder to catch up—that five-hour time difference is a real bummer. However, you’re already head-down in your studies and finished almost all of your homework for the week last night. The next two years may be hard, for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that middle-schoolers are fickle and mean. I will do everything I can to support you and help you get through it. I think you’ll be okay as long as you remember that you are a spectacularly unique human being with more talent in your little finger than most people can amass in a lifetime. Don’t let the petty stuff derail you.

Zane: This week you started kindergarten! Wow, what a milestone! I’ve already waxed philosophical about the transition (twice), so I won’t belabor the point any more here. You had a great drop-off on your first day, and in the afternoon at pick-up you came bouncing up the hill with a big grin on your face, looking every part the kindergartener. You said you LOVED kindergarten, especially the “soccer court” and learning new things. You said you even made a new friend named Wyatt. And, you’re really excited about the possibility of collecting pom-poms for good behavior (there is, apparently, a treasure chest to dig through once your bucket is full of pom-poms). For the first time this week, I feel a little lighter. If you are happy, then I am happy.

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Kelli Ann Wilson

Kelli lives in rural New Hampshire with her husband Damian and their two children. She works as a writer, and in her free time enjoys reading, gardening, taking pictures, walking in the woods, and celebrating the seasons of nature and the feasts, festivals, and holy days of the Christian year.

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