Today was our first day of school. I celebrated by promptly screwing up the bus schedule, and as a result, had to drive my brand new middle-schooler to school.
He was up & dressed, teeth brushed and bag packed in plenty of time. We were hanging out outside, snapping a few photos when the bus went by at the end of our road. Our Wednesday schedule results in students having a later start time than the rest of the week, allowing for collaborative teacher meetings. For the elementary kids, school starts an hour later. For the secondary kids, it’s only 45 minutes. I assumed it was the same hour, thus the missing of the bus. Oops.
After I got him safely delivered to school, I returned home, sent my husband off to work, checked on the elementary kids (and verified their bus schedule!) and then uploaded a photo from my phone to my Facebook, sharing his “First Day of School” image with friends and family.
It was then that I noticed his shirt.
He’s a Minecraft fan, and we picked up several t-shirts featuring Creepers a few weeks ago. I assumed one of those would be his first day shirt.
I was wrong.
Today, my son wore his St. Baldrick’s shirt.
His first day in a new, much bigger school, his first chance to make impressions on potential friends and his new teachers, and he quietly made the statement that Childhood Cancer Sucks.
He’s got a gold ribbon on his bag, too. (It’s right under that Chewbacca. Chewie stayed home though.)
It’s enough to burst my heart from my chest. That boy will make waves in the fight against childhood cancers. I’m proud to be his mom.
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