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Updated: Oct 23, 2021


It’s that time of year—Summer's end. School begins. For some children, it is their first time going to school. Do you remember how it felt going to preschool or kindergarten? I remember my first day. It was a day of infamy. Well, not exactly infamy. I was standing in line with my mom as the principal directed traffic. Masses of kindergarteners, who must have felt the way I did; terrified!

Then my mom had to rush off to work. Before she did, she reached her head down to my face and said a quick goodbye. I was wearing 1970’s polyester plaid pants with a polyester butterfly collar long sleeve shirt. I was proud of that getup. Today those shirts are called vintage. I know I am old. But still young enough to remember the story. However, I can’t remember the print on the shirt. Most importantly, I remember the day. That day the local newspaper snapped a picture of my mom kissing me goodbye.

I remember the photographer asking my mom permission to publish. The next day he did. That picture was on the front page of the local newspaper. Wow, talk about publicity. Let’s say the bullying was not easy. The kid’s made kissing-smacking sounds. They said, “Mama's baby,” until my face turned red. Eventually, the bullying stopped.

My mom still has the picture tucked away in her scrapbook. When I think back to that time, it isn’t the bullying that stands out in my mind. What stands out now is the love and comfort my mom gave me on my first day of school. And that’s the moral of the story. Making powerful memories that the child carries with them the rest of their lives. Those moments are gold.

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