I have never seen my children on the first day of school. I don’t know what that is like to see the excitement of the first day of school, their new teachers, classroom and friends. Most often I am unable to find out how the first day of school went for almost a week, when they come to visit. They aren’t allowed to phone, the only time I find out sooner are those occasions when I can get to the school for lunch with them.
I seldom get the opportunity to take my kids to school, maybe two or three times a year I get this treat to pray with them in the morning before school and wish them a good day as they head off to class. Most people take these moments with their children granted as a regular occurrence, for me these are tender mercies and opportunities to experience a wonderful time with my children.
Today was such a rare wonderful opportunity to experience this moment in time with them. This morning was extra special as I was able to wake them and get them ready for school, take them, pray with them and see them off. Today, I got the extra special treat of picking them up from school on the same day. Days like this are rare, I treasure them and realize the blessing that they are. These moments with my children are what keep me pressing forward everyday. I try not to focus on the issues my ex creates in her controlling nature and enjoy the moments that are mine.
My children attend a school with a year round track schedule and today was the first day back to school from being off track for the past 3 weeks. With Veterans day this year falling as my holiday I was able to spend the weekend, an extra weekend with them and take them to school today. As I watched their excitement and nervousness at going back to school after this break, I reflected upon this day and the similarities it must have to an actual first day of a new school year.
I have missed out on many opportunities, ones that I will never be able to get back with my children, today was a gift from God, an opportunity to experience ever so slightly something I have yearned to experience with my children for a lifetime. Although today wasn’t an actual first day of school, I am grateful to have this opportunity to have as close to one as I have ever experienced.