Today is the big day for the kids in my neighborhood.
Since my kids are no longer heading out for their first day of school, I was content to sit on the porch with my cup of coffee and watch the neighbor kids get on the bus. The bus stop is right in front of my house. As I drank my coffee I couldn't help but think about a yearly tradition the mom's had when I was going to elementary school. If you read my previous post and saw the house where I grew up you will know that the following scenario took place on that porch.
Back then ... think 1960s ... eek, I know ... long time ago.
Every year on the first day of school, all of the neighborhood moms would congregate on that porch and have a "coffee klatsch". As we would be trotting off to school they would be sipping coffee, eating baked goods specially made for this moment and talking and laughing. To the kids in my neighborhood the first day of school was synonymous with the mom's "coffee klatsch."
Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of this, but I do have the following picture that my sister gave me on my recent visit:
Here you see my mom and her dearest friends. I think this was taken before we were born, but as you can see my mom loved a good "coffee klatsch" even then.
I may not have to get any kids ready for the first day of school, but my thoughts are with children and moms everywhere as they begin a new school year. May the first day go well and the year be a good experience for all.
Even though it still feels like summer, back to school time always gets me thinking about fall. Once my coffee is finished I think I'll head out for a walk to see if there are any early signs of fall in the neighborhood.
Hope your day is a good one.