Two Teens And Their Mama: Back to School Blues

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Back to School Blues


As a general rule, my younger son T enjoys school.  He's very social, involved in many activities, and has a love of learning.  Last week was the start of his Junior year, and for the first time, he wasn't ready to go back.

Maybe he had too much fun this summer?  It was his first taste of true independence, with his own car and lots to places to go.  Maybe he's worried about his loaded schedule?  He has three Advanced Placement classes, Pre-Calculus, Spanish III, and Art.  Thank goodness for Art.

He's a teenage boy, so I'll probably never get a straight answer out of him.  But for whatever reason, the grin you see above was plastered on because I told him to smile or else.

Unlike this happy little guy, eleven years ago, on the first day of Kindergarten.  He was bouncing with excitement.



Oh my, the cuteness!  Missing his front teeth, scar on his forehead from five stitches due to a bicycle mishap, Pokemon backpack stocked and ready.  

The year T started kindergarten, our school district went on strike.  For 49 days.  It was the longest teacher strike in Washington state history.  Poor T just wanted to start kindergarten, and every day he asked me if he could go tomorrow.  By the time school began, it was almost Halloween.

Maybe I should show teenage T this picture, and point out how excited kindergarten T was to start his school career.  But he'll probably just remind me that there is no Pre-Calculus in kindergarten...

22 comments:

  1. I totally understand the lack of enthusiasm! Who wants to deliberately immerse themselves in calculus! :)

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    1. Not me! But being the great mother I am, I told him to suck it up :)!

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  2. I don't blame him: math stinks. I hate it. I don't understand it. I got a D in Algebra in high school.

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  3. Love that you have his first pictures from Kindergarten! So cute. OH pre-calc, you can tell him I made it all the way to calc 3...and beyond, yikes! I don't remember any of it...or hardly any of it.

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    1. Wow - those are some impressive math skills! He was a pretty cute kindergartner!

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  4. My younger son took a lot of AP classes too, and this fall he's a freshman in college and just reaped the benefits: second semester he will officially be a sophomore!
    My older son would not, under any circumstances, smile for his picture junior year too. So I said "schools been canceled. . . forever". He started to laugh, the smart photographer clicked and I have a picture with the BEST smile!

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    1. I'm hoping we cut at least a year of undergrad out too. He wants to go to vet school, so maybe we'll only have 7 years to pay for! Love your picture taking technique!

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  5. Aww!! He's still so cute. Scarlet just started kindergarten and I have no desire to tell her about the math horrors awaiting her.
    And hey, maybe she'll like math!

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    1. Thank you! Kindergarten was such a fun year.

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  6. Cute pictures! I hope he has a great year!!

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  7. I wouldn't be too excited about calculus either...then again I only got as far as trig. I hated math. My kids, on the other hand, all love it. Go figure. They didn't get that from me. Hope the year is off to a great start!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I didn't mind math, but it wasn't my favorite either. I think that's how my son feels too!

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  8. I love the photos. I hate math. That is all.

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  9. Loved the photo. My kids were both crazy about Pokeman too! I don't blame him calculus and Spanish yuck!

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    1. Ah, Pokemon! We had so much Pokemon stuff back in the day!

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  10. Pre-calc?? I wouldn't want to go to school either! What happens to those cute little faces and ideals when they become teens? Really cute pics.

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog Lori. They're so cute when they're five!

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  11. My son's schedule is heavy too - in his case it is "thank goodness for choir!" Sorry to be so slow to comment - I read this the day you posted, but was having trouble leaving comments! Hope it was a good week!

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    1. Thanks Susan! No worries - I know you had a busy week.

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