Keeping it real here.
These are the first day of school pictures I showed off on social media this morning.
Awww. Aren’t they so cute and getting so big and so happy to go back to school?
This was the first picture I took.
The one of the left is good to go. A little bit nervous, but in his words, “a little bit excited.” The one on the right with the pout? Not so much. Nothing’s staged here. That pout is as authentic as my cleavage wrinkles. If anything, the picture with the smile was coerced. You know, Please smile for Mommy? Just once. C’mon, please? PLEASE!? Smile or I’ll make your life a living hell!
Yesterday, when we talked about the very exciting first day of school ahead as a way to alleviate his anxiety and nerves, he cried. With tears squirting like bullets from his eyes, he begged me to homeschool him. I’m not sure he knows what homeschooling is, but I sure do, and I squirted tears just thinking about the calamity that would result from me trying to teach him anything from home.
“You know that homeschooling doesn’t involve Minecraft, right?” I said.
He was quiet after that, and this morning he walked solemnly into school like a soldier off to war. Like a dead man walking. There were no tears. There was no, “I love you, Mommy.” There was no kiss or hug. (I tried but he pushed me away.) He surrendered to his fate. First grade wasn’t a choice. It was his doom.
This was also one of our photo shoot outtakes.
There’s this dude on YouTube who makes his Minecraft characters shake their booties and sing, “I put my booty in your face, I put my booty in your face!” It’s as annoying as it sounds. While the rest of the civilized world spent the summer perfecting their “whip” and “nae nae,” my boys were busy shaking their booties in anyone’s face they could find, which was mostly mine. Now that school is upon us and our summer bubble has (finally for the love of all that is holy) burst, I’m a little bit nervous that they might put their booties in the wrong place, like in front the school librarian, which reminded me to review some basic school rules over breakfast.
- Have fun!
- Keep an open mind.
- Be kind.
- Be scared. When you feel scared, it means you’re doing something brave. Own it.
- If you fart, say excuse me.
- Be a good listener.
- Don’t talk when your teacher is talking.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions, including “Where is the bathroom?”
- GO TO THE BATHROOM IF YOU NEED TO!
- Don’t fear the girls. I’m a girl! Girls are awesome! That, and they usually take better notes and can tell you what you missed when you were putting your booty in someone’s face.
- Don’t put your booty in anyone’s face.
I haven’t received a phone call from school, so I think they’re following the rules.
What would you add to the list?