Okay so as I sit here at my computer I have tears running down my face. I had to hold this all together for some time but finally I have let them fall. See, today was Caleb's first day of Junior High. He is a 7th Grader!!! I can't believe it...as I drove to take him to school this morning all I could think about was his first big day of Kindergarten. (Which seems like just yesterday!!) And just like today he was excited, nervous, anxious, and ready to go.
Yesterday went to the "Meet The Teacher" day with him. As I walked around the Jr. High all I kept thinking was how much I loved my 7th-9th grade years. I kept praying that Caleb would have the same experience as I had. As we walked I soon realized that my child knows a ton of kids. It was "Hey Veenk", or "Hi Veenkie", and "Veenker" coming from many voices around the halls. One thought I had was why did we ever need to give him a first name! NO ONE calls him Caleb. Well except his family! Craig told me to get used to it, because it was the same for him. Another thought I had was that of happiness, as we walked around the school and worked on opening his locker, I had such a good feeling of who my son has become. He is a good boy, and has become more mature in the last little while and I admire that about him. He is a great example. He has to work hard in school, it isn't something that comes easily for him but he takes on the challenge and does it with pride. Yesterday I begged him to let me take photos of him but he flatly refused. I didn't want to cause any embarassement so I gave in.
Today, I had to sneak a few as he walked into the school. As I sat in the car watching him walk in so big, so strong, so "grown-up", so ready, I sat and had a mix of emotions run through my mind. My little boy is growing up. Someone told me that the jr high and high school years fly by! So I guess we're in for a wild and hopefully fun and fulfilling ride. Way to go Caleb. Keep being the same great boy you always have been. I am so blessed to have such a great 7th Grader! Keep up the great work! I love you, Caleb!
I am sorry but how can a mom not start to cry while watching this. He looked back a time or two I think just to make sure I wasn't take photos. But I got some. Not to worry!
One last shot before he walked into the school. I hope his time at Jr. High is one he will always remember as a great time!
Just a side note:
Wow, if I am like this today, what will Monday be like when the other two start school. In our district they have the 7th graders come a day early to get the hang of things. I love that idea! Zach and Liberty start on Monday.