Life is full of first days.
Today is my first day at my new teaching job. I’m pretty pumped about it, and I’m remembering what it was like for me as a kid to go through all those first days of school. I can remember a lot of them. It was always a mix of nervousness and excitement and dread and school lunch. Getting new school supplies was always fun. There was always one kid who was so excited to get new glue, he’d be snacking on it before lunchtime.
Since today I’m experiencing another first day, it got me thinking about all the other first days I’ve had in my life.
First Day of Kindergarten
All right, that was a pretty exciting morning of coloring. I’m not sure why we’re laying on the blankets we brought right now. Nap time? How about some more recess? This kid next to me smells weird. How can I be expected to nap next to this guy? I had a full day of kindergarten, but when you took out nap time, three recesses, lunch, snack, bathroom breaks, and taking attendance, I think we had about 15 minutes of school.
First Day in Our New House
Moving to a new house is always fun. My brother and I quickly found that the closet under the stairs was perfect for trapping each other inside in the dark. To be fair, I think he wanted to be trapped in there.
First Day of Middle School
My ears are bleeding! I didn’t know there were that many four letter words! Ah, public school has its many benefits.
First Day as a Paperboy
Wow! Papers are heavy. This was a terrible idea. Mom, can you drive while we throw papers out the car window?
First Day on the Job
I started my first non-paperboy job ready to ride all the way to the top of the company. It took me longer than most teenagers to realize that as a sixteen-year-old, I was not going to be promoted, and thus could give my job approximately 15% of the effort I was currently giving it, and still get paid the same $5.15 wage.
First Day of College
My first college was a Baptist school, and I showed up a week early for “Welcome Week.” For three days, I thought my parents had mistakenly left me at a church camp, complete with weird counselors and crafts. Some kids even cried at the end of the week.
First Day in the New Apartment
My roommate was not going to show up for a couple of weeks, so I worked solo to arrange my two things. Then I realized I was in a strange and somewhat dangerous part of town, no one on my hallway spoke non-broken English, it was now 9 pm, and I had no food. So I drove around cluelessly until the friendly glowing KFC bucket came into view like an oasis…an oasis with steel bars on the pick up window.
First Day as a Married Man
Wow, I am drained from that wedding ceremony. What’s that? Our plane leaves at 4 am, and it’s a ten hour flight? Geez, being married is a lot of work.
First Day Writing a Blog
This is a dumb idea. I’ll probably quit this in a week.
Wednesday, will be another first day for me, and I’ll be telling you all about it, so don’t miss it! Tell us about a first day you remember, first day in school, in a new city, at your job, as a parent, at your church, whatever! What was the best (or worst) first day of your life?