Monday, September 5, 2011


the first day of first grade
is the first day at a new school
and is the first day
of a new life!

in fact
it's such a big deal here
that milla had 10 people in her fan club
that showed up to the schoolyard
to wish her well.


the sight is not one you can quickly forget.
a schoolyard full of anxious students,
all in their very best dress,
with their too-big backpacks, bows and braids and ties,
each holding a bouquet for the teacher
they have yet to meet.


the first grade class
is welcomed in by the entire school,
there's a skit, a song,
some words from the director. . .
(that's milla's teacher she's gazing at--
and she really likes him, despite the ponytail)


the parents and fan clubs
stand around watching their little ones
with adoration, anticipation & worry,
and a few fleeting thoughts
of this being the beginning of the end...


they then go into their classrooms
to find their seats,
still likely having no idea
of what awaits them ahead--
i.e. years and years of sitting at desks
and studying and reading and learning--
little realization of
what they have gotten themselves into
unknowingly,
and to be honest,
the parents just may feel the same way.

4 comments:

Christine said...

Hey Jen, I love reading your blog. You are such a great photographer and such an amazing writer. I love reading about what you are up to. I am still bummed that we didn't all get to meet up this summer.

Maggie Ann said...

Wow..so different from the 1st day of school here in the States. Like your writing talents btw.

Kari Clark said...

The bouquet tradition cracks me up! But they would probably think the same of our apples. Good luck Milla!

Sweetpea in France said...

Sooooooo... even the chap gets the flowers..... how very Russian......
Please give Milla and Avi who knew me, my love. Tell them both to work hard so that their dreams may have a chance of coming true and never give up. You all have such opportunity!
Much love SweetpeainFrance