I still remember the first day of my freshman year of high school.
I was incredibly shy.
My sister Saren was two years older than me and I clung onto her arm for dear life.
I remember her walking me to my first class, which was dance (before I realized I didn’t have an ounce of coordination in my body…ha!). I remember the drop in my heart when she shook of my vice grip (in a kind way, but still, I’m sure she was claustrophobic from all my clinging!) and announced that she really couldn’t stay with me all day.
I also still remember heading off to Boston University for college. I had shed much of my shyness by then, but still, it was such a huge comfort for me to know that Saren was close (at Wellesley College). I spent practically every weekend taking the bus to visit Saren in that gorgeous campus (which I later named my daughter after), the two of us always finding an oven in some dorm somewhere so we could bake cookies and have a sleep-over.
I am teary right now as I write remembering those days and thinking of the beautiful power of a sister. (I love you Sar!)
And teary again thinking of the sisterhood I got to witness yesterday as these two headed off to school together.
A senior and a freshman, both pleased as punch that they get to spend this one high school year together.
Oh man, I’m telling you, it’s good to slow down enough to cry a little bit about things as good as this (now I have tears spilling down my cheeks as I ponder this gift…a gift for them and a gift for their mama). I’m just so grateful these two have each other. And that Lucy has an army of Claire’s friends (and her own, of course), to help during this transition. It’s a big one for this last child of mine.
We had rainbow pancakes as per tradition on the first day:
We were in a scramble right about then but we had to get those puppies in.
Here’s my SENIOR:
And my FRESHMAN:
(along with her dog who looks thrilled to be part of the photoshoot…)
So crazy to watch them drive off together, Claire’s exuberance calming Lucy’s nerves.
Claire sent this pic. to our group family text:
And this one too:
(They found Lucy’s friends right as they walked in to the band playing and the cheerleaders cheering…oh what a day to celebrate.)
Claire was so excited to be reunited with all her friends who are still amazed that they have actually reached this pinnacle year of high school:
…and that they get to be together with no masks…at least for the time being.
Claire overheard one of them telling some friends how they need to all be sure to reach out to Lucy this year.
On to the post-school “cookie chat”…I just found out it was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day yesterday so these fav cookies were fitting:
Claire was out earlier than Lucy and claimed she had the best day of her whole life…back in person and they can use the inside stairs this year and gather in “Hawk Hall” and everyone was just so happy.
One of my very favorite parts of the day was listening to Claire FaceTime with Elle. Another sister bond that makes me cry. And the two of them talking through how happy Claire is that she gets to go to school with Lucy.
Then I went and got Lucy off the bus. I think her day started well, but ended pretty awfully after some tricky things happened in her last two classes 🙁 🙁
Luckily she had her sister to pick her up:
…and her dad too:
(Calling in from his classes in Los Angeles this week, he’s so sad to be missing all this.)
After a little time to process the whole day things started looking up for that girl who came to get some school supplies with her mom and helped deliver all kinds of stuff for Relief Society. That girl is resilient I tell you, and after a good night’s rest last night, I’m crossing my fingers that each day will get a little better.
So grateful for all the goodness in the world. I know there are all kinds of hard things happening every day out there, but there is still so much goodness spilling out of people and I’m here to recognize it and be grateful for it. Because kindness makes the world go around.