The Yearn to Learn

My ‘big’ kids started school last week.
Carter in 1st grade.  (How does that all-of-a-sudden seem so grown-up?)
And Lydia in Kindergarten.  (She has the same teacher he had last year.)

I didn’t cry when they started.
I didn’t even tear up.
They were so excited.
(And I was so excited!)

But today as I pulled away, the tears finally found me.
But not for the same reasons of other firsts…
Not because I’m lamenting time passing,
Or because I miss them while they’re gone,
But because I was so completely overwhelmed in gratitude.

This morning on the way to school I heard them talking about the sun.
(They know so much; much more than I think I knew at their age.)
Carter told the others about the sun being made of fire and hydrogen.
And we talked about elements and the periodic table
And how hydrogen and carbon and oxogen link up and hold hands to make brand new things.
How elements are all different – like you and you and me and Daddy and Asa and Alden.
And they link up (just like we do when we cross the street) and then they make a brand new thing, a family.
“Mama!  We are just like elements!”

Yes, my loves, you are.
You are just like elements.
You are the building blocks of all that matters to me.

And we pulled up to school.
And they clamored out of the van.
And they linked up.
And ran into the school.

My little elements.
Thirsting for knowledge
And soaking up every.single.thing.

And I cried because I am grateful for them, their excitement for learning.
And I cried because I hope, I pray that I am teaching them well.


6 Responses to The Yearn to Learn
  1. Angela
    August 15, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    I loved watching Carter watching about super novas and hearing him explain super novas to his grandmama and pops. He remembers so much of what he hears and sees! And yes, the excitement he has for learning!

  2. Tara
    August 15, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    You have amazing kids, and while I know they’re their own people and stuff, YOU did that. YOU. With nearly everything you post, I am impressed by you and your kids.

    Also? I dearly love Carter’s elements analogy!

  3. Jil
    August 15, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    Such a beautiful post! It made me cry to remember when my children were small and loved going back to school! Children are the most precious thing in this world. It’s so fun to see them embrace learning. I loved watching my children grow and now I am beginning a new phase watching my grandchild grow. Such a blessing given from above! I totally understand your gratitude!

    Love you view on life!!

  4. Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith
    August 15, 2011 | 9:21 pm

    Love this picture! My oldest is also in first grade this year.

  5. Kimberly
    August 17, 2011 | 8:29 pm

    I echo Tara’s sentiment; and also, if they’re making elements analogies on the way to first grade/kindergarten, you are definitely teaching them well. (talking about science! and reasoning out clever analogies!) Did I know what elements were until high school? Do I really know what they are now? Hmmmm gonna go with no 🙂
    Also, Rob is very proud.

  6. Christy
    August 22, 2011 | 11:47 pm

    How do you make me cry so often?!? I love this post. So beautiful. I HAVE to get to the post office and mail your little elements their surprise!