Quote of the Day: And let me tell you, you boys of America, that there is no higher inspiration to any man to be a good man, a good citizen, and a good son, brother, or father, than the knowledge that you come from honest blood. – John Sergeant Wise
This is actually our second “First Day” of School. The oldest, Bobby, didn’t go on the first “First Day” because he’s a junior and the juniors and seniors get the first day off so that the sophomores have a day in the high school for orientation.
So, on our second “First Day” of School, I made the traditional blueberry muffins. As I explained to my guys, “Eating blueberry muffins on the first day of school is a tradition that goes back for generations in the Aalgaard family.” Then, I told them about walking the long driveway to the mailbox on my parents’ farm to wait for the bus. When it was really cold out, my dad would stand by the window and watch for the bus lights, then holler, “The bus is coming!” When it flooded, we walked to the bridge over our big ditch in big rubber boots, or if it was really deep, Dad would drive us up the road on his tractor.
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Sigh. I wrote about a school memory involving transportation in What the Bayou Saw.
Let’s just say it’s a loooong way from this you’ve posted today. And I’m so glad.
love this, Mary.
I moved quite a bit when I was young, was the new kid often/ And then settled in a rural school, which I found so strange. We took a bus forever to get there.
I sometimes still dream I’ve missed the bus!
I love your traditions, Mary. It’s so important to connect your kids to their heritage. Blueberry muffins are also a fun first day treat. You’re an awesome Mom.
I have fond memories of blueberry muffins, too. Not on the first day, but on Saturdays when my mom didn’t have to get up to teach.
Your boys ARE growing up. Wow! But they still need their mother. No worries there.
I hope you had an awesomely productive day, good friend!
Roxy’s right: You’re an awesome mom! Love the blueberry muffin tradition. And like the boys growing, so is your book. You’re marching toward The End. I want to walk into Border’s and buy a copy!!!
“Eating blueberry muffins on the first day of school is a tradition that goes back for generations in the Aalgaard family.”
Um, I want to be an Aalgaard!
You have such a nice family 🙂 My mom is experiencing empty nest syndrome now that everyone is out of the house! (I think she secretly loves it though)
It’s lovely to see the memories you are making for your family!
My favorite transportation to school was the train, when we lived in England. All the children took it a few stops to get to school, and it was quite safe. But we did have to walk a long way too!