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Memories of the first day

I passed a Midlothian elementary campus the other day and saw a banner on the street reminding drivers’ school was back in session. It helped me realize I wanted to talk about the first day of school for a child.
However, I was thwarted in my effort to find EISD Superintendent Barbara Qualls had already gotten the jump on me for the week to talk about that subject in a Tuesday column.
Hopefully you won’t mind a repeat topic, but after celebrating my daughter’s second birthday, I have only a few more years until she takes that giant leap of spending her weekdays with kids her own age learning the alphabet, how to share and other important lessons kindergartners need to know.
There is a Blue Bell commercial running currently that talks about things we all can remember such as our first day of school or that first taste of Texas’ favorite ice cream. Not sure about everybody else, but I do recall my first day of kindergarten. My dad walked me to the school’s cafeteria and sat me down with about 15 other students who looked about as scared as I did.
Now usually you can hardly hear yourself speak in a school cafeteria because the acoustics are awful. Any sound will echo repeatedly around the room causing an audible explosion of the greatest proportions. Yet, on my fateful first day, not a peep was heard. Once my dad left me alone, I waited to figure out what was going on and how to get out of this mess. I scanned the room diligently, both for potential jailbirds who could possibly help me with my escape and to figure out who to avoid should I be stuck in this prison they called school.
Eventually we were walked single file — something that would be a recurring theme in my years to come at school — to a classroom that had a bunk bed, an abundance of toys and books and a desk with my name on it.
I relaxed a bit upon seeing all this and when recess and naptime rolled around I realized there was no better place on the planet than a kindergarten room.
The only other first day of school I can recall was my sophomore year in high school. The reason this specific day sticks out is because I didn’t know where “E Hall” was located and my first class was located in that hallway. Knowing where halls A through D were, I just started following a crowd to the back of the building and eventually found the place I was looking for.
By that point in my school career I wasn’t too worried about finding the right hallway.
I would have eventually asked if it wasn’t found, but had that sort of thing happened to me on that first day of kindergarten, I might have simply found the quickest exit out of the building and wandered the neighborhood in search of sanctuary.
Tuesday’s front page highlighted that the first day of Ennis’ school year went off without a hitch and lets hope the rest of this semester and next will be just as smooth.
I have one piece of advice to two different groups of students. This goes out to the kindergarteners at Dorie Miller and George Washington Carver Early Childhood Centers and the Ennis High School seniors. Enjoy this year while you can because it is only going to get tougher from here on out.
Matt Cook is the managing editor for the Ennis Daily News and covers public safety and local governments. He can be reached at matt@ennisdailynews.com.

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