Yesterday was a big day that went largely unoticed by even those in our house.
Yesterday was Ted's last first-day of school EVER.
I feel like I've been here before ... why do I feel like I've been here before? Oh yes, because I have. Back in August 2008 when Ted was beginning the last semester of his NAU career before he graduated in December 2008.
I guess this has more staying power, though, and I'm grateful for that.
And even this might be a lie. It is in Ted's 10-year plan to maybe go back to school and get his Nurse Practitioners License. So... you know.
BUT STILL! At the very very least this is the last first day for this degree, the last first day at Eastern Arizona College, the last first day of this program, the last first day of school before Ted tests for his RN.
Ah, that feels good.
Sometimes firsts are desirable and fresh and exciting but sometimes they just feel wonderful like a favorite pair of slippers or a good pair of jeans.
Now we just have to get through this semester. It's going to be a tough one. Ted has clinicals out of town and will be away from us, out of town, for at least 10 days (including getting to go to a conference over spring break); in town clinicals at the hospital and nursing home; he had to sign a student contract outlining how much he would study and how much work he'll put into the semester (not that it's going to be any less than he put in on his own previous semesters); and then there's work, which will be primarily night shifts, scattered throughout the semester whenever he can take them. We are looking forward to Ted working as an LPN rather than a CNA (almost doubling his pay) since he tested for his LPN license and passed at the start of January.
OK, point made. It's going to be a hard semester. I even (jokingly) suggested Ted might think of getting a little studio apartment of his own so the kids don't have to keep going through the momentary reunions and subsequent dry spells. You know, just kiss him good bye at the start, "See you in 4 flips of the calendar!" ... You know, for the kids.
Yes, it's going to be hard but it is still the last, the very last semester and we're so excited to have an end in sight!