Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Another first...

Today is the first day of school around here. Today is the first day of school in 16 years I didn't have to get up early, make sure the new school clothes were perfect, and wave goodbye as someone left for their first day of school.
I thought I would be sad.
I thought it would be hard.
I thought wrong.
I think it isn't bothering me too much because it hasn't really sunk in yet. It's just another summer day here. I slept as the buses ran, I slept as the mothers handed their new kindergartners over to the teachers, I slept as those mothers (and fathers) went home with tears in their eyes to watch the clock. I slept as this years seniors walked in and took over the school.
I enjoyed sleeping until 9.
Next Monday will be DD's first day of college. I wonder how she would feel if I decided to follow her to school with a camera, like we did during kindergarten? I think I will have to let her go alone, she isn't 6 anymore.
Today we were going to go to DD's college and buy her text books. I know the general rule is to wait until after the first class to make sure the Professor wants you to have the books. I thought that since this is her first year we should go ahead and get the books so she would feel prepared.
Then we looked up the prices.
I know text books are ridiculous. I know book stores OVERCHARGE for these books. I remember my sons freshman year and his books were usually around 400 dollars each time.
DD's are considerably more.
They are so much more that we are going to chance her not being prepared her first week and order them from amazon, where we can get a discount of about 300 dollars, even after paying for quick shipping.
Maybe she find out what degree you need to run a college book store.