Daddy stayed home from work this morning. With some extra time on our hands, we did a little outside photo-op before driving to school. After parking, we walked to his classroom door. Blake asked for a hug/kiss and the X-man replied, "No. I would rather just get going" and promptly walked into this classroom.
A friend shared a poem with me; here are some snippets which really hit home. Entitled "Take Him By the Hand" by Unknown Author.
My son started school this week.
Its going to be strange and new to him for awhile.
I wish you would sort of treat him gently.
I've always been around to repair his wounds, soothes his feelings.
But now, things are going to be different.
This morning, he's going to walk down the front steps and start on his great adventure that will probably include wars, tragedy and sorrow.
To live his life in the world will require faith, love and courage.
So, World, teach him...but gently, if you can.
Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend.
Teach him it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat.
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even when others tell him they are wrong.
Teach him gently, World, but don't coddle him; only the test of fire makes fine steel.
This is a big order, World, but see what you can do...
He's such a nice little fellow.