TODAY, I woke up next to my 1st grader who sprung out of bed to look for our Elf on the Shelf and to see what treat was in the Advent Calendar.
TODAY, I tied my 1st grader’s sneakers. He hasn’t quite picked up the skill yet.
TODAY, I let my 1st grader wear an FSU shirt and his Under Armour brawlers to school. It’s gym day.
TODAY, I packed my 1st grader’s lunch in his Scooby Doo lunch box. To his disappointment, it did not contain Lunchables.
TODAY, my 1st grader wrestled his little brother…who was chasing him around the house shouting, “You are Captain Poopypants!”
TODAY, I dropped my 1st grader off at school. He barreled out of my minivan, all knees and elbows, with his red Captain America Avenger backpack almost toppling him over.
TODAY, my 1st grader played Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games on the Wii.
TODAY, my 1st grader made Christmas Cookies with his Aunt. He licked the batter off of the beaters and ate 1/4 of the bag of chocolate chips.
TODAY, my 1st grader ran off the bus with a big fat grin. He got to pitch the ball during the daily kickball game at recess.
TODAY, I made my 1st grader his favorite dinner, Kraft Mac and Cheese and Chick-Fil-A nuggets. I stirred extra Strawberry Nesquick into his milk.
TODAY, my 1st grader wiggled his bottom left incisor. When it goes, it will be the 8th he’s lost.
TODAY, I helped my 1st grader with his homework. We reviewed red words.
TODAY, my 1st grader read me a Magic Tree House book, Tonight on the Titanic. He loves the adventures of Jack and Annie.
TODAY, I caught my 1st grader watching Sesame Street with his little sister. They sang “Elmo’s World” in unison.
TODAY, before bed, I sang my 1st grader lullabies while I scratched his back. He insists I sing what I sang to him when he was a baby, “You are My Sunshine”.
TODAY, I kissed my 1st grader goodnight. He still welcomes this act.
As a wanna-be snarky humor writer, this is not my Modus Operandi. I didn’t intend to blog about last Friday’s tragedy, I don’t feel qualified, but I do feel compelled. Like you, every day I think of these families and the loss of their 1st graders. I think of the teachers and administrators who died tried to save them, and I think of the ones who survived. And like some of you, I can’t help but think of my 1st grader and of all of my friends and family who teach in elementary school.
I will not take TODAY for granted. Rest in Peace, 1st graders and the heroes of Sandy Hook.