Starting This Year on a Good Note … The Justin Timberlake Kind

24 Aug

And so it begins …


Another year of firsts …

The older kids playground and then entering kindergarten. Two kids, two sets of Ticonderoga No.2 adventures and I felt both excited and little anxious about this new season. As you all know last year’s academic year with Miss Viola Swamp was a challenging one filled with bite-your-tongue-and-pick-your-battle moments so we’ll see how this year pans out. New teachers, new experiences but I’m not so much worried about teachers this time around as something different came up.

Not a bad concern, just a parenthood observation.

As a parent you know they’re getting older because their pants and shirts and socks don’t fit them quite right anymore, getting a little snug. So you make a trip to Target. You notice their little faces and the expressions are still the same, but they’re not so little anymore.

And you realize the season is about to change. Granted it’s not a giant step into middle school, high school, or college and you’re not balling your eyes out, but it’s still a step ahead and you pause because you’re actually feeling it. You’re feeling the step and the growth right in front out you. Not in a slow motion, but just right in front you and you caught it. The kind of moment you want to save in those mason jars.

Pride and smiles because they seem to be on the good path. You’ve done a good job … so far. They know when to act crazy silly and when it’s serious Crayola Crayon time. So as always, first day of school love-you-you-can-conquer-the-world-notes in their Star Wars and Minions lunchboxes and a great feel good song to start the day, the kind that rocks you into a good mood and good grove. Ready for anything that third grade and kindergarten can throw your way. Starting this year on a good note …


The Justin Timberlake kind. It was a unanimous decision, we’ve been listening to it all week. Buen Camino my friends.




3 Responses to “Starting This Year on a Good Note … The Justin Timberlake Kind”

  1. Cayman Thorn August 25, 2016 at 7:07 PM #

    Yes, yes . . . that slow motion capture of a loose thought that fixes your mind on what’s happening…life. It’s moving slowly forward. And there goes kindergarten and there goes third grade and here comes the fall, and yes…the mason jars, those blessed time capsules. But you have your eyes and your heart and your soul, and you’re good and so are they.

    Better than that even.

    Peace and love Cali. And crayons too.

    • The Guat August 12, 2017 at 10:29 PM #

      Duuuuuuude! I can’t believe I just saw this… I CAN’T. I need to get the AP or something because I needed to hear this last year. And the thing is it comes at such a timely manner because it’s just around the corner … again. Both on the big playground. My heart dude … my heart. I really never thought I’d be getting like this but I am … I am. Peace and love Cayman. 🙂 I hope you are doing well!!

      • Cayman Thorn August 14, 2017 at 5:00 AM #

        It’s all in the timing, at least that’s what they say. They must know what they’re talking about. 🙂

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