On their First Days Back to School

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An imperceptible noise wakes me and I turn. Red digital numbers gleam 6:44 am and I am grateful, Thanks for waking me up, God. I slip quietly out of bed, wanting to hug and pray for John on his first day back to school.

Yellow kitchen light washes streaks across a dark living room carpet, and I can hear John around the corner.

“Hi,” I grin sleepily and hug him, my eyes still creased against the brightness. Tall, broad-shouldered, my twenty year old is packing a lunch. Bagging baby carrots, a ham and wheat sandwich, and looking around for chips, he already has a plastic container of yesterday’s fried rice.

“I’ll be at school all day today,” he says, closing the bread bag.

“There are apples,” I murmur.

While he is gathering his lunch, I pray aloud for him, asking God to give him safety in rush hour roads, energy and excitement for his college classes, connections with his professors, and a good year of learning. He stops and smiles, “Mmm, thanks, Mom.”

We hug and move to the front stairway entry where he loads his backpack.

“Oh hey, here is a red notebook for you!” I scramble away for a moment, returning with a simple single subject notebook, a traditional gift for my kids each year when they used to journal often. “It’s your favorite color.”

“Thanks,” he grins, flipping it open. “Um…” and he shows me. An assembly error has stapled all the pages upside down. We laugh, and John grabs his bag.

“Have a great day,” I say, sitting small on the steps above him. “I’m proud of you for getting up early for your classes, for getting a lunch, and being so organized. You got this! You can do this.”

“Thanks, Mom,” he says, and he opens his heart up more on his way out the door, and I am so thankful for this morning of seeing him off.

Thanks, God, for waking me up. What a gift.

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  1. Bill (cycleguy) on August 26, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Yep always a gift to see them off. And for them to acknowledge you. 🙂

  2. Lisa notes... on August 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Yes, Jennifer. Just waking up is a gift that we need to thank God for! And also thank him for responsible children. Sounds like you have an amazing son.

  3. Unknown on August 27, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Great story. Thanks for reminding us that each day is a gift and seeing the ones that God has blessed us with become what He's designed them to be brings peace. Each day brings changes. May we see our Father's will and blessings in all of them. Wonderful and warming post, Jennifer.

  4. Dolly@Soulstops on August 28, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    What a precious gift to be able to share the morning and prayer with your son 🙂

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