Celebrating First 100 Days Of School
It’s back to school. A busy, exciting time for both students and their parents. School supply completion, book shopping, school calendar scheduling and activities, volunteering, car pooling, walkers and bikers, snack and lunch brainstorming, homework, Art and Science projects, dances and programs, Holidays, Wear Your Favorite Team Jersey and Rodeo Days, these are but the many reasons to celebrate the first 100 days of School.
It wasn’t long ago that I walked my son to his Kindergarten class. As we head towards his classroom, I felt his little fingers tightly holding my hand, hiding behind my back, shy and anxious as to who his new teacher was, his classmates and the other staff of his school. I could still hear vividly his voice, “Dad, please walk with me to my classroom.” I did that for a few weeks until he told me one day, “Dad, it’s okay. Just bring me near the school entrance. I can walk by myself. I’m a big boy now.” This time, I was the one not ready to let go of his hand. A mixture of joy, pride and sadness filled my heart. Joy and pride that my son is growing up confident, happy and full of positivity. Sadness knowing that one day I had to let go so he can spread his own wings and soar the highest peak he could ever reach. I hope that when that time comes he will tell me, “Dad, hold my hand. I will take you and mom wherever my dreams will take me.” I whispered a wish and a prayer as I crossed my fingers.
100 Kids With 100 Dreams
My son went home one day all excited, “Dad, it’s 100 days.” I replied sounding clueless, “100 days of what?” He explained to me, “It’s the first 100 days of school. Our teacher wants us to bring on Thursday something that has 100 items on it. Oh, and dad, we also need candies for Valentine’s Day.” Yep, my son’s 100th school day also falls on the month of hearts. So cool , right?
We thought of making a bracelet and a necklace out of cereals but it may not make it to his classroom. Those Froot Loops cereals are too irresistibly sweet that my first grader will be munching it till its gone. Can’t blame him. I’ll probably eat them too. Oh, and they do break easily.
I googled “Images of 100 Days Of School,” and found shirts with various 100 stuff on it from moving plastic eyes to brightly colored hand prints. I told my son, ”Hey, let’s paint a shirt with 100 stick figures.” He replied, “Sounds good dad.” So, off we went to Michaels Art and Craft store to buy some fabric paints.
I realized it’s not a great idea to paint a shirt one day before deadline. To come up with 100 stick figures, me and my son had to paint both the front and back of the shirt. Close to midnight, the front side was still wet and the backside still a blank canvas. I panicked. My wife said, “Calm down, I still have an extra shirt.” Whew, that was close. My son was already asleep so I painted the second backup shirt all by myself. I designed it with the easiest object I could think of which were “100 Oranges.” I blow dried the shirt for 30 minutes and turned on the fan till morning. I told myself, “This better work or I’m in trouble tomorrow.”
My son woke up all excited to wear his “100 Kids With 100 Dreams” shirt. I told him the bad news and explained why he had to wear another shirt. He gave me a reassuring smile and said, “That’s okay dad.”
That day, he held my hand as we walked towards his school. Just before he entered the door, he turned around, gave me a huge grin and pointed proudly to his “100 Oranges” shirt.
After school, fired up by his “100 Days Of School” activities, my son created his own Star Wars Lego All-Terrain vehicle. That weekend we celebrated our first 100 days with a beach trip and Mango Custard Ice cream at Rita’s in Galveston Island. A perfect ending to the first 100 days of school and an inspiring beginning of the next 100 days ahead.
Today, we pay tribute to the first 100 days of school. Whether it was the glorious school days of the past or the exciting present, let us make every memory come alive. Let’s celebrate every joy, smile and laughter our little student gives us everyday. Let us create a “100 Days” post that shows how much we love them, of how thankful we are for every kiss, hug and “I love you’s” they shared with us every morning just before they leave for school. Let us thank as well our teachers, the second parents of our kids. They are today’s heroes who patiently and with generous care instill priceless knowledge, wisdom and right values to our children.
Thank you for celebrating with me the first chapter of my first “100 Days Of School.” So much fun discovery and surprises awaits as the rest of the school year unfolds. Can’t wait to read and celebrate your first 100 days soon.
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