Game Day – It’s What We Train For

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 11:24 am 20 comments

back to schoolBy game day, I’m referring to the first day of school.  By training I mean…

Wake up in the morning and stretch from the comfort of  a cozy bed.  After lazily performing morning ablutions, blissfully saunter to the kitchen for breakfast.  It’s a quarter past NOON! 

Wile away the rest of the day in pajamas.  Engage in the new sport of choice – zoning out in front of the TV.  Spend hours in the pool until SPF 45 seems more like barbecue sauce than skin protection.  The daily grind – a blurry haze of non academic vegetation and utter slothfulness.

Finally, one week before school resumes, the stern drill sergeant barks out strict orders  “Go to bed by 9 pm and be up at 6 am!”  Yeah, Right.  Go ahead and laugh.  This derisive snicker/laughter is on me.

Alarm clocks wail and plead, but the troops will not be marshaled.  My own shrieks of annoyance finally pierce the veil of unconsciousness and sleepy teen, pre – teen, and tween stumble down the stairs bleary eyed.  After having breakfast and confronting their inability to find something “un – boring” to do, teen falls asleep on the sofa – for several hours, pre teen retires to the computer and tween slinks off to read a book.  The next day they revert to the rise at noon schedule.  Practice week is an overwhelming flop. 

Preparations ramp up the day before the big event.  The girls paint their new bedrooms.  All supplies and clothes are ready and accounted for.  Hair is neatly washed and  straightened.  Everyone is in bed by – Ooops! – midnight.   Exhaustion gives way to oblivion.  

EHHHH, Ehhhh, Ehhhhh!  I start to the sound of Defcon 5.  Three alarm clocks blare at once.  One of the alarms was actually set to that Defcon 5 sound – Ehhh Ehhh Ehhh (someone has a sense of humor).  My erstwhile vacationers begin to emerge from their rooms.  Sheer adrenalin propels them forward.  The anticipation of everything new – new school, new teachers, new routines, new friends.  Maybe even a little FEAR.   

All are fed and sent off on time.  The sun rises in the east as usual. 

Success?  Not yet.  The first day of school is like the election process.  You don’t declare victory until the last vote is counted.  Yes, they got there successfully, but how did the day go?

Fast forward one week.  The verdict.  Success!!!


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20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sudharsana Srinivasan  |  Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Thats awesome. We are now getting into the drill mode to get ready for the big day on 8th Sept.

    • 2. Era  |  Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 12:36 pm

      Enjoy the rest of the break and all the best for the new school year!

  • 3. Camille  |  Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Great news and congratulations! I hope they all love their new schools!

    • 4. Era  |  Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 6:37 pm

      So far so good. Thanks.

  • 5. Mom Gone Mad  |  Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Thats wonderful Era! Hope they grow to love their new school!

    • 6. Era  |  Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks, I think they are off to a good start.

  • 7. lakshmi srinivasan  |  Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Glad to hear the start is good! the rest of the year should be a breeze now ;-). JK! glad to hear it is going well.

    • 8. Era  |  Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 9:34 am

      I don’t remember any other year being so busy!

  • 9. emmap  |  Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 1:59 am

    yeah… i totally get about the “routine”… mine thought i was like asking for a kidney when i told them to go to bed at 9pm a FEW nights before school… hope all is well at the new place!

    • 10. Era  |  Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 9:37 am

      OK, at least I know it’s not just my kids.

  • 11. cindy  |  Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 7:45 am

    hope the little ones like their new school! my little guy starts pre-k at our local catholic school next week and i am freaking out! he’s not even in kindergarten yet and i’m a wreck! lol 🙂

    • 12. Era  |  Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 9:38 am

      The first time is always the hardest – probably more so for us moms than for the kids :).

      • 13. Gary  |  Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 10:34 am

        Don’t forget about us stay at home dads Era! 🙂

        • 14. Era  |  Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

          You guys rock!

  • 15. Gary  |  Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Your house sound an awful lot like mine Era! First day back to school = the most wonderful time of the year! LOL

    • 16. Era  |  Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm

      LOL! I love that commercial. Back to school time gives Christmas a run for its money, lol.

  • 17. Just a Mom  |  Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Glad to hear the first week went well! We have been in the school mode for 3 1/2 weeks now at my house. I held Back to School Bootcamp a week before school started and it helped a bunch! I think it helped me more than it did the kids. There is something wrong with having your first cup of coffee before the sun comes up!

    • 18. Era  |  Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm

      I don’t know why I get up feeling so tired. Without the sun being up it’s really hard to get moving. Three weeks already? You guys start early. Does the school year end in May where you are? We go ’till June.

  • 19. Doraz  |  Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 2:52 pm


    • 20. Era  |  Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm

      Thank you 🙂


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