Posted: Thursday, August 14th, 2008
Ladies and Gentlemen start your engines…it’s officially back to school time! Things are pretty busy around the Eden household these days. We’ve got our uniforms, we’ve got our school supplies, we have new lunch boxes and back packs, we’ve met our new teachers, and we are ready to go. Whiz (a rising first grader) and Speed (a continuing preschooler) could not be more excited. As far as I can tell, not an ounce of anxiety between them.
So why am I, a woman whose school days are far behind her, so incredibly freaked out about the first day of school? For the last three nights I’ve been having school anxiety dreams. Maybe you know the ones? In one I’m in college and I’m trying to get to class but I keep getting delayed by silly things and end up arriving hours late. In one I’m in my high school musical (and I’ve never even seen the movie!) but I forgot to practice and I’m getting ready to go on stage without knowing a single line. And in the most troubling of all, I find myself in math class astonishingly…um…under-dressed and can’t figure out how to leave the room without anyone noticing me.
So this morning on my way to work I finally decided to call and confess all this to a friend – the friend I usually call when I need an “am I crazy or not?” ruling.
“Me TOO!” she said.
“Oh thank god” I said. (Funny how you revel in someone else being as close to insane as you are isn’t it?)
I’ve talked to other parents today and learned that we’re not the only ones. There are lots of bizare back-to-school quirks happening out there in ParentLand. One friend shared that she’s been coveting a new back pack even though she hasn’t carried one for years. Another confessed to treating herself to a back-to-school wardrobe although she hasn’t actually grown much since summer started.
Hmmm – what’s going on here? Do we all have unresolved issues left over from our own school careers? Are we internalizing our kids anxiety (spoken or unspoken)? Or scariest of all, are we projecting back to school anxiety on kids who don’t have their own?
What’s the strangest, funniest, or most embarassing back to school moment you’ve had? Share it in a comment here. We’ll choose one commenter at random (on August 22nd) who will get to pick a treat from our Editorial staff’s ”treasure chest”. (We have an office full of really cool toys, books, and gadgets). No need to post your email address in the body of your comment.