Proud Parental Moments. Or Something Like That.

first day of schoolWell, it’s Back To School today. The Young Love is starting first grade, and Little Sister is starting pre-K. I snapped a pic to commemorate this occasion, and just now noticed the Young Love apparently dribbled something on his shirt before departure. Sigh. Well, chances are he’s not the only little boy to appear on the first day of school with some form of wardrobe malfunction.

I thought I’d share a “proud parental moment” that occurred a couple of nights ago, on “Back To School Night”, when we took the kids to investigate their new classrooms, drop off school supplies, and meet their new teachers. Little Sister acquitted herself nicely, immediately going in for a big hug and telling her teacher how much she loved her, upon but a moment’s acquaintance!

The Young Love, on the other hand, possibly made quite a different impression on his new teacher. Mrs. V is young, pretty, and embarking on her first year as an educator.

She knelt down and engaged The Young Love in a conversation right away, enquiring, “And what is your very favorite subject in school?”

Young Love: “Um, Science!”

Mrs. V: “Oh, good! We are going to be doing some fun science this year!”

Young Love: “Did you know what?”

Mrs. V: “What?!”

Young Love: “When I grow up, I’m going to experiment with ACID!”


I was immediately red-faced, and Mrs. V’s eyebrows flew up. However, Hubby, the innocent Chemical Engineering Professor, didn’t catch any psychedelic drug reference. No, Hubby was proudly thinking in terms of stoichiometric equations and pondering the prospect of introducing his son to the delightful reaction to be found in mixing vinegar and baking soda!


This is not the first time my Young Love has stupefied everyone with such a comment. When he was three, our family was attending a luncheon celebration at my workplace, and he was proud to tell everyone about the wonderful new sport to be had at the grandparents’ house: a delightful new game for the backyard!

Except, his loud announcement was this: “Did you know what? My Grandma Dee has CROCAINE at her house!”


Me: “Croquet! Grandma Dee has a CROQUET set at her house!”

Kids do say the darndest things! I’ll be sure to let you know if there are any further proud parental moments to be had this weekend, as we’re having a mother/son vacation to Colorado to attend my aunt’s wedding. She happens to be getting married to another woman, so I fear all kinds of interesting proclamations might be anticipated. LOL

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!


  1. Guylty · August 20, 2015

    Sweet!!! Happy first school day to the big boy.
    And: It’s nice to see a pic of your daughter, too.
    Enjoy the Colorado family weekend. Go easy on the acid and the cocaine, though.

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    • jholland · August 20, 2015

      Well, I’ll try to forgo the drugs, but it’s likely I’ll need a strong drink or two! =)

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      • Guylty · August 21, 2015

        Oh, and little sis is going to sweep the boys off their feet again, I suppose? Looking forward to hearing more, after the even 😉


        • jholland · August 21, 2015

          LOL… well, Sis is going to have daddy-daughter weekend so she’d better keep her boy crazy ways on the down low. I think they’re gonna do some miniature golf! =) She got to travel to Colorado last time, so I felt it was only fair that the boy gets an opportunity to do Colorado and see the distant grandparents this time around. I know I’m bound to be entertained no matter which kid I take, but I must admit, the boy’s far more likely to make an alarming statement! =)

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  2. SH · August 20, 2015

    Kids…they keep us humble 🙂 (and sometimes nervous…. lol! 🙂


  3. obscura · August 20, 2015

    Those classic misspeaks are the best aren’t they? (at least after the immediate shock has passed…) I never cease to smile when I think of my son talking about Pooh and Pliget or my daughter describing Elvis Parsley in a round of Apples to Apples 🙂 Enjoy!!


    • jholland · August 20, 2015

      LOL! Oh, the laughter we have day by day! Elvis Parlsey…reminds me of preschool classmate last year, named Berkeley, but Little Sister called her Broccoli for the longest time! =)

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  4. obscura · August 20, 2015

    also…I love their brand spanking new shoes 😀


    • jholland · August 20, 2015

      Oh yes. We always break them out on Day 1. By next week they’ll be scuffed and scuzzy. =)

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  5. Hariclea · August 20, 2015

    Adorable! love the way he hugs his sis with his arm 🙂 And more fun times to come LOL
    Enjoy the weekend! and think of explanations in advance! ‘ggg’


    • jholland · August 20, 2015

      Aw, yes, and he was so cute when the grandparents picked them up. They always line the kids up along the sidewalk and the parents form a line of cars. Mom said when they drove up they saw him doing the same thing, keeping a protective arm around his little Sis on the first day. The heart melts… =)

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  6. Servetus · August 22, 2015

    Ah, the traumas of the gifted child … and his/her teachers 🙂

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