Me in 1st Grade

1stgradeThat's me in Mrs. Weldon's class at Malcolm S. Mackay School in Tenafly, NJ, I'm the one with the pigtails and the little yellow Izod sweater next to the teacher. In first grade I loved Cabbage Patch dolls, horses, my dachshund Mitzie and going to the swim club. In first grade we had a piano in our classroom, and every day Mrs. Weldon would play songs for us and we would all stand around the piano and sing them, like "I Can Sing a Rainbow" and "High Hopes", the song about the ant and the rubber tree plant. I can still remember every single word to both of those songs. My good friends were Kara and Nelly, and I had my first sleepover that had to be cut short because I missed my mom.

Finn finishes first grade in just a few days, and lately I've been trying to remember what it was like to be his age. To have the whole summer stretched out in front of me for swimming with my friends, catching fireflies, hearing the sound of the ice cream man come through the warm summer air...