Thousands of students returned back to school this week after enjoying there summer breaks. From children entering preschool for the first time to students in graduate school finishing there last years writing papers, finishing internships or even completing dissertations. Everyone was back in full swing when Monday, September 8, 2015 came around.
I was one of those students entering my last semester at the community college here in my hometown graduating this December in General Studies and moving on to start my Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management at Spring Arbor March 2016. Returning to school was fun for many knowing that you would be one grade higher then you were before, purchasing school supplies and starting a new journey one way or another with new and old friends. For me I was excited before school started because I could finally see I was approaching the end of the tunnel until the day came and I was at a complete stand still. Knowing that I would be balancing taking care of my little one, blogging and school work again all while doing household work and still spending time with my wife. It all became to much for me the more I thought about it so when I went to school to have lunch with my wife as I usually do on Tuesdays it became apparent that my busyness was starting back up all over again. Maybe even more intense than the semester before since I made high honors last semester the pressure began to set in that my last semester had to be better than the semester before my exit.
As I walked through the college with my wife I decided I wanted to go to the bookstore to purchase my books so that I could start on homework as soon as I arrived home after putting my son down for a nap but I quickly realized how overwhelmed I was becoming and how long the bookstore line was. The next day I went back to purchase the books and after spending $644 on three books (thank God for Financial Aid) I knew this would be a semester to remember. Once I got home I left the books in the bag for three days trying to piece together how I will make it through this semester successfully. I then determined that this semester will be just a great as the last one regardless of how busy I will be it will turn out great.
I decided to do some research to find out the statistics of the amount of children and adults that would be entering school this year and the numbers were obliviously in the millions. Not only did the National Center for Educational Statistics give you the amount of people who would entering school between children and adults they even provided the statistics between adult females and males as well as full and part time student statues this year.
On Tuesday when most adults were sending there children off to school as my little one was napping and I was scrolling through social media to see pictures of all the children. I began to think about how it would be for me to send my own child off to school. Would I be happy or sad? What would he think about having to adapt to a new environment? Better yet would he even be going to a public, private or christian school or would my wife or I home school him? These are many things that my wife and I have discussed since having our son and I must say we both agree as of now that we are leaning towards homeschooling. I don't know how it will be when he turns school age and it's time to decide but luckily we have plenty of time for that.
On that other hand back to those exiting parents sending there children off to school! I stumbled upon a picture of a mother Jessi Kittrell who was sending her daughter Bailey off to Kindergarten. The child obviously did not look happy but the mother was in her robe with a sign saying "Bye Felicia" and a bottle of 1800 in her hand. From seeing it for the first time I thought it was absolutely hilarious but of course we live in a world where people are constantly picking one another apart so she began to receive a lot of backlash. I care not to go into what people may have thought about her because I'm not focusing on that but I do understand how excited she may be. Being a stay at home dad and having to constantly care for a little one cane be very exhausting. According to the article her daughter was the youngest of four children who was starting school for the first time. The way I interpret it was as she put it "...as much a coping mechanism as it was done for a laugh." No one has the right to tell other parents how to send there children off in any form or fashion.
All in all my hope is that each and every person who started school this year has as successful of a school year as I will have. I'm looking forward to walking across that stage to earn my Associates Degree that I have worked tireless for over the past 8 years. I'm always down on myself for the amount of time it's taken me to have earned my degree having classmates earn Bachelors, taking Bar Exams and finishing Medical school was difficult for me at one point but I've acknowledge everyone won't complete the task at the same time but as long as you complete it and don't give up that's what matters most. My wife has helped me understand even the more "It's not how you start but how you finish is what matters."
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Matthew Gamble Sr. is a father, husband, friend, and blogger. He writes about what it's like to raise Matthew Gamble II also known as M2 as a stay at home father. Join him on his journey into fatherhood with Mr. Daddy Duties!!!