Yes, I do have “back to school” in my heart. But this year, the “circle of life” is very real for our family. The importance of the “beginning of a new school year” began for me in 1953, when I started first grade in Blue Eye, Missouri (see my mini book for more details).
Barbara Kay - 1st Grade
Then I graduated from high school, got married and started college, all in 1965.
Barbara – Senior Picture (1965)
Then, before I knew it, my firstborn (Mark) was starting school (1975). Two years after that, my baby girl (Sharida) started school (1977).
Mark and Sharida (Feb 1976)
I turned around once, maybe twice, and we were taking our firstborn off to college (1988), closely followed by his sister’s leaving the nest (1990).
Mark – HS Senior 1988 (valedictorian)
Sharida – HS Senior 1990 (valedictorian)
Another minute or two passed, and my firstborn’s firstborn (Tory) was starting kindergarten (1999), and my daughter’s firstborn (Alyssa) started school that same year.
Tory and Alyssa – just before starting KG (1999)
I turned around again and, yesterday, August 16, 2012, our firstborn (Mark) took his firstborn (Tory) to college. Our daughter (Sharida) will take her daughter (Alyssa) to college on Sunday.
Tory – Senior Picture (2012)
Alyssa – Senior Picture (2012)
The Circle of Life. It never ceases to amaze me. Now, we celebrate three generations of “Back to School” becoming “Off to School.” And, it happened so quickly! I say “celebrate” because it really is a celebration of many years of blessings. (That does NOT mean there have not been rivers of tears these last few months!)