Tales of the 1st

18 Aug

Excitement, anxiety, and worry.

I was feeling it all night, didn’t really know what to expect from the bigger playground, different classroom, and different group of kids. I tried to stay positive for my son’s sake, and was able to give him the Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose speech before school and send him off ready to conquer the world, but I was still feeling it in the pit of my stomach. Something that would probably leave my neurotic motherhood personality once I picked him up at the end of the day.

And in truth it’s not so much that I didn’t trust my son, or think how wouldn’t do great, I knew he was gonna let his awesome out, he’s a great kid. I just don’t have faith in the kids and teachers I’ve never met. You know the kind I’m talking about, you see them and you just know, you get that Oh-my-God-I-hope-it’s-not-you feeling. You’re not judging anybody or thinking you’re better than anyone else, you just get that feeling at first sight.You know exactly what I’m talking about. You know.  I’m crazy that way, it’s my Guat nature. I accept it.

It’s something I go through every year, at the beginning of the school year.

I’m not sure what to expect from the first grade … other than a massive supply list and less money in my wallet.


1 box of 24 Crayola Crayons … sounds reasonable

3 dozen Ticonderoga #2 pencils (already SHARPENED please) … Really? Dude there’s no time to sharpen 36 pencils and the boxes of pre-sharpened were sold out.

3 reams of white paper …Dude did the school run out before the year started?

3 boxes of Kleenex tissue … One sounds more reasonable.

1-2 packages of hand wipes/disinfectant wipes … I understand this one, I’m a little germaphobic

1 dozen glue sticks … Dude I think a three pack will get you by.

2 yellow highlighters … understandable used to highlight the important notes prior to exams.


Yeah … I’m not sure what to expect, but I do hope for the best and seeing how my son strolled toward the entrance with confidence, as well as a good luck hug from his sister, I was feeling better about the whole thing.


Heading to 1st grade, while his sister and I followed.

Heading to 1st grade, while his sister and I followed.


So that’s where I stand on the first grade … that and frustration over bad parking jobs.

Parents c’mon now, c’mon … common sense … common sense.

Good luck to the rest of you.



14 Responses to “Tales of the 1st”

  1. bgddyjim August 19, 2014 at 2:08 AM #

    Mine is starting sixth this year, and you can bet I judge her friend’s actions. It’s called instinct and while some people have tried to make that politically incorrect, I have failed to care so far.

    Give it a try, listen to your instincts once… It’s liberating!

    • The Guat August 28, 2014 at 5:17 PM #

      Ha! Thanks for the advice. Sixth grade…middle school…that’s a completely different beast! Wish you luck.

  2. susielindau August 19, 2014 at 7:24 AM #

    Awwww! It goes really fast once they’e both in school. Your kids are amazing! Don’t worry. 🙂

    • The Guat August 28, 2014 at 5:15 PM #

      Dude yeah … last year it seemed like the days were dragging on for a couple of months there, and then before I knew it, kindergarten had ended. It was definitely a cool experience. We’ll see how first grade goes 🙂

  3. anotherday2paradise August 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM #

    Love the photo, TG. Wish my son was this age again. I could so do it all over. 🙂

    • The Guat August 20, 2014 at 1:56 PM #

      Thanks. I like this pic too, I hope to look back at it when he gets older.

  4. brickhousechick August 19, 2014 at 1:06 PM #

    Awww, what a cutie pie! That is one hell of a supply list! Seriously? It sounds more like the list for my daughter entering college!! Geez! Hang in there, it’s so tough no matter if it’s first grade or college. I am in denial right now. xo

    • The Guat August 20, 2014 at 1:55 PM #

      I know right? I was like what the hell lady? Crazy list. I don’t know what was going on there. In truth I didn’t get all the quantities, but I did get everything on the list. I was totally thinking about you when my kid went to school, because I remembered you said your daughter was heading off this semester. Suerte chica!

  5. TBM August 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM #

    12 glue sticks. What are they constructing? Rocket ship? Oh and my mom was horrible picking me up and dropping me off at school. She would use the bus lane and never seemed to notice the glares and shouting.

    • The Guat August 20, 2014 at 1:52 PM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuude I know right? This list was totally burning me out. I didn’t get everything on the list, but I got most of it. We’ll see how it goes this week.

  6. teachezwell August 20, 2014 at 9:39 AM #

    I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Bog Award! Details here: http://wp.me/p3amLP-50 Keep posting!

    • The Guat September 5, 2014 at 11:04 PM #

      Holy Crap! Thanks so much! Sorry I’m late to the party but the love and honor is always greatly appreciated. So glad that you enjoyed this post and others so much that you decided to grace me with a blogging award. Ahhhhhh. Nice. Always nice to get a pat on the back from my fellow bloggers out there. Come back any time.

  7. peacelovegreatcountrymusic August 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM #

    Thought of you last night. I watched an fnl marathon on Pivot. I’m seriously thinking about getting Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose inked on me. And Smash follows me on twitter. Like, dude.

    • The Guat August 25, 2014 at 10:54 PM #

      Duuuuuuuuude how awesome is it, right? It’s become my mantra. Love Coach Taylor.

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