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September 11, 2012

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL / Agiasmos


 
 
       First day of school! What a day today has been! One that started soooo early! You'd think after the 3 careless, schedule-free, 'wake up whenever' months they had,  I would be on my toes, rushing and bustling this morning and trying to wake them up... "Mommy, can I have 10 more minutes, please?" Then ask for ten more, then it'd be 5 more and then I'd have to become the dictator they think I am anyway and start yelling cause we would be already late! Well,...Nope! None of that happened!
 
      At 5:30 this morning incoherent noises woke me up. Following the sound, in my pyjamas and with eye gum deterred vision, I reached my son's bedroom only to see him all dressed up and ready for school!!! No! I'm dreaming, I thought. "Good morning, mom!" Is this MY 11 year old boy?... OK,OK! He's up, I'm not dreaming. Needless to say I was UP, too. Can't go to bed now, can I? As he is having breakfast and I'm going (wearily) through my morning routine, my 9 year old girl enters my bedroom all dressed up and ready to go to school!!! "Good morning. mom!" No way! I couldn't believe it. Such unprecedented anticipation and anxiety!!! (I just had to wake my DH up. He had to experience this, too. Meanie me!)
 


       In the end it all worked out for the better cause I had plenty of time to take photos of them before we left the house. We have a family tradition where we take photos of the kids at their first day of school every year since pre-school.
 
 
       Of course, we were at school early. The certain excitement associated with “back-to-school was evident amongst the students (even I was excited!). New first day outfits (you know-girls), reuniting with friends they hadn't seen over the summer, gossiping about the new teachers, bragging about awesome summer vacations or newly released gadgets, songs, movies... what have you!... 
 
 
     It was a frenzied atmosphere in the schoolyard. Until the priest arrived. We all had to be quiet and attend the short service. In Greece schools always start with a priest blessing the students and teachers to have a good school year. He sprinkles everybody with Holy Water (agiasmos) and gives a (very) short inspirational speech to all. 
 
(A short parenthesis here to let you know that since 98% of the population in Greece, is Greek Orthodox Christians, every school day starts with prayer. A different student volunteer is picked every time who says the "Our Father who art in Heaven..." prayer  in front of the school assembly. Then the principal continues with the good mornings and announcements.)
 
      Back to the first day--- Well, after the blessing the principal welcomed all the students back to school and wished them to have a good and fruitful year. Explained some other stuff and simply sent us home! Tomorrow the students will actually enter their new classrooms (with new teachers for some) and receive their books and new class schedules! By the way, the books are free and theirs to keep. (I personally think it is a huge waste of paper and completely not 'green').
 
     So tomorrow students officially say goodbye to the last of their summer freedoms and greet stacks of homework and long days in a classroom.
 
 

       I wish my kids and all the students to have a wonderful, fulfilling and constructive school year and I wish the teachers: Patience, patience and patience!!!
 
"Have a good school year"
 
 
P.S. Tonight I'll make brownies! Gotta start the school year in a sweet way! Don't you think?  
 
 
How was your first day of school?


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9 comments:

  1. I am so glad your first day back into the swing of things went so well. I can't believe your kids got ready by themselves. You must have taught them well. Mine are still young but they like a lot of help in the morning despite my effort to get them doing it alone.

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  2. Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. I've tried hard to train them to become independent, too soon perhaps!

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  3. How wonderful to read that your children were so excited for their first day. I hope it continues to go as smoothly for the weeks to come. Brownies make for even happier students. I must admit, I was always excited for the first day of school. (as a students and as a teacher. There isn't anything like a fresh start :)

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. I love the first days of school, too. The smell of new books and notebooks and all the new school supplies. How exciting!

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  4. Oh it sounds like your first day back to school was sweet! Please, please tell me you don't always have to get up for 530am??
    Both my girls came home after their first days smiling and laughing. Happy girls, happy Mama!

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    1. No, I don't get up that early! Thank God! We usually get up at 7:00am to be ready by 8:00am. Then we walk to school!

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  5. Wow - what an amazing start to the school year! They obviously enjoy school as well which is good isnt it?! X

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    1. Overall they do like school, but believe me they're not this eager to go to school every morning!

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  6. You have been nominated for the versatile blogger award by Happy Little Feet.
    I know that you have already won awards I will not be offended if you do not do it. I just really like your blog

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