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First Day of School: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Today is the first day of school for my children and like every year I find it hard to believe how fast summer went and another year is already upon us. For me, the first day of school is like my “new year” as my life is arranged around my children’s schedules. The start of school is always a bittersweet day for me filled with mixed emotions ranging from excitement, elation (that I can finally have some free time again!), to sadness and anxiety that they won’t be around for the day and another year has suddenly gone by.

But most of all, the first day of school marks a wonderful blessing that my children live in a country where they can learn and get a good education. I think often of the millions of children around the world who don’t get this remarkable chance. The children who are war refugees or the children (mostly girls) who are too poor to go to school. I wish every child had the opportunity to the first day of school each year, and the chance to fulfill their dreams.

“Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!” 

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Max age nine heading into 4th grade and Sophia age 7 heading into 2nd grade.

Max age nine heading into 4th grade and Sophia age 7 heading into 2nd grade.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” 
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

We are so lucky to live in the city and can walk to school.

We are so lucky to live in the city and can walk to school.

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!” 
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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“You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.” 
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Here is to a wonderful year Max and Sophia! Make the best of it. Take it all in. Learn and someday help your generation make the world a better place!

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18 comments

  1. I know that feeling Nicole. Beautiful post, beautiful kids and wonderful family; God bless you all! I stay with that very last sentence of your post; such a marvelous message!

  2. Have a great school year. It’s true, you know – for all the complaining about homework, it’s a wonderful opportunity. One day I’m sure they’ll appreciate that in all its glory, and in the meantime, hopefully more kids can be reached with opportunities.

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