First Day

August 24 First Day of School

It’s the First Day of School.  Allow me a moment to discuss the two things I’m most proud of making: these are my babies. Except, they’re not really babies anymore.

Elena is a beautiful, smart, creative and independent young woman. She plays the violin, knits, reads everything with words, writes prolifically, speaks multiple languages and is learning to drive.

Gareth is a self-proclaimed Geek and is a boy genius, with full dimple-age in both cheeks, creating his own animations and comics, playing the clarinet, reading books that I don’t understand and voluntarily discusses math and science at the ripe old age of 12.

Already, I see them becoming the adults that are in their futures, and it amazes me. Affectionate, thoughtful, creative, and yeah, geeky, but they come by that naturally and are proud of it.

They’re also the closest brother and sister I have ever known, and that blows my mind on a regular basis.

I’m one lucky mom.




7 thoughts on “First Day

  1. Linda Fishman

    You are a very lucky person indeed. You have beautiful children on the inside and on the outside :0)
    You have every reason to be so proud of the people they are becoming.

    1. ofenjen Post author

      I admit that I like to think so. They are SO much cooler than I was at their ages and definitely more confident about who they are than I was!

  2. Queenmlv

    You are definitely a lucky mom. It is no surprise to me that you have great kids (who read, and create, and are kind, and smart). Isn’t it fun to see the people in them emerge from all you’ve tried to teach them? Enjoy them. Learning to drive is so quickly followed by looking for colleges. I have less than a year left with my oldest. sniff sniff. The little one will not be allowed to leave! Rules are rules.
    Great job on these priceless projects.


    1. ofenjen Post author

      I feel lucky more days than I don’t and they are definitely growing up very fast! It’s the irony of parenthood that our entire purpose is to raise them the best we can just so they can leave!



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