My son got through schedule pickup and meet the teacher at middle school (for 2-1/2 hours!). He did so well, in fact, that he said “This is the first time I have ever been excited for the first day of school.” Well, hell. High expectations; I hope he keeps that positive attitude. It will be his first time riding a bus to school, too. I might not make it through the 7 hours of school on Monday, not knowing whether he is having a good day or not. Funny thing…you would think that since he is my youngest I would be more confident, more willing to gently push him out the door. I don’t know what it is – my sentimentality, I guess. Maybe a little bit that he is the baby, the only boy (who does not seem quite as mature as the girls were at the same age), or maybe I know too much about middle school because of my experience with the girls. I hope…I HOPE he won’t have to face bullying, the feeling of being lost in a big school, the uncertainty surrounding the newness of the middle school experience. At the same time I am so excited for him to become more responsible and independent. We just need to get through his first science project…Oy.