Heart of the Home

| September 2006

A Letter From Kate

Dear Readers,

I hardly ever looked forward to the first day of school that I can recall. I always dreaded the end of summer and going back to a school routine that included homework, papers and tests.

I remember my first day of fifth grade very well. That was the year my family had moved to a small town, and my sister and I had to start at a new school. Because it was a small town, the school was fairly small, and most of the kids had been together since kindergarten. They knew each other very well and were a little suspicious of new kids.

I remember waiting for the school bus to pick up my sister and me that first day. I think I felt more anxiety that day than any other day of my school years. I had never ridden a school bus, and I didn't know what to expect. That year turned out better than I had expected, although it took me a couple of years to make many friends. I survived several more first days of school in junior high and high school with no problems.

But when it came to graduating high school and starting college, my jitters were back. I was excited about going away and living in a dormitory, but I was apprehensive about leaving my family and friends. There were many tears when my mother and sister left me in my dorm room that first day. But it didn't take long for me to begin to enjoy my college experience.

I am glad I don't have to worry about first days of school any more, but I've found that life is a series of 'first days' - first day at a new job, first day at a new church, or any day that you're in a new setting for the first time. I now look forward to meeting new people. I think it's exciting to meet new friends, and I welcome the opportunity!

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