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First Day of School: Second Grade!

By Designerdaddy @DesignerDaddy


Papa and I certainly could have done better in keeping Jon up on his reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic this summer. Unless role-playing digital comics counts as reading, creating Roblox/Minecraft/Terraria structures out of code counts as writing, or “subtracting” swim trunks, goggles, water bottles, lunch boxes, socks, towels, and underwear during summer camp counts as math.

But what he lacked in academics, Jon made up for in feats of awesomeness. Last November, the pediatrician had tasked us with making sure our son could swim beyond doggie-paddling and ride a bike without training wheels. He now swims like a fish and rides like the wind, though both still with a healthy amount of youthful wobbliness. He also danced and dabbed his little heart out during Family Day at camp, and took on dog-walking (galloping, rather) responsibilities.

First Day of School

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After setting the summer months with a beautiful weekend on the Bay, we are once again here — the first day of school. SECOND GRADE! We’ve been in our new house and Jon’s new school for a year now — so we can’t honestly call either of them “new,” though they still feel that way at times. Despite the occasional rookie parent mistake, we navigated the First Day like seasoned pros. We managed to get up and out the door in time, sans a drop of drama. I even made his lunch note the night before!


As I’ve done the last two years, I took a photo before sending Jon with Papa for drop-off, then created my version of measuring his height on the wall. Comparing this year (above) to the previous years’ photos (below), I’ve added “BOOK” and “MUSIC” categories, and (sadly) removed the “TOY” category. He certainly still plays with toys, but the others seem to occupy more and more of his time and attention.

However, a couple of things remain the same — my apparent gravitation towards red and black for First Day outfits, and Jon’s bottomless well of personality.

first day of school

first day of school

Here’s to another year of adventures and challenges; of reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic; of outgrowing clothes and growing into better versions of ourselves. (Though just the better versions thing for me — I don’t need to outgrow anymore damn clothes).

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I’d love to see your kids’ first day of school pics! Send them via email or FB messenger, and I’ll share them on the Designer Daddy Facebook page!

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