August 18, 2010

White Dog and Quinn staggered out to the living room at 6am to help Michael with his final preparations for the first day of school and to share a "Good Luck" breakfast. Neither were happy that this year he is first on the bus route and must be ready to go at 6:20 instead of last year when he was last and did not get picked up until 7:10. "There goes your beauty rest," she catted at the yawning Other White Dog!

White Dog checked him up and down and gave his look a "Paws UP!" Wearing his new glasses and dressed in a Del Sol dragon t-shirt (which changes colors in the sunlight), Michael seemed confident and ready for the semester's start. TOWD insisted on a quick morning walk before the bus came because this was their ritual all of last term. Then the bus came, White Dog barked her "Let's Go!" call and Michael disappeared until mid-afternoon.

WD heard the return bus coming from down the block and by the time Michael walked in the door both WD and TOWD were singing a two-part "welcome home" aria. Kisses and cuddles complete, both White Dogs headed back to cool spots to continue their nap.

And only I got to hear how well Michael navigated a first day in which two classes were dropped accidentally from his schedule, his advisor lost Michael's id card and he had to get a replacement, and how he managed to find his way all over campus to go to mainstream classes that are, for the first time in his career, not designed for special needs.

Of course, such a tale of bravery and adventure did bear repeating at dinner so that Steve...and White Dog and Quinn...could share in the triumphant return!


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...


Khyra and Khousin Merdie
PeeEssWoo: Yikes on the start time - we keep reading of schools doing the opposite: starting later since it seems to be better for an adolescent's system

The Thundering Herd said...

Good first day, Michael, and thanks to the White Dogs for playing excellent cheerleaders.

TwoSpecialWires said...

What a great start to a new school year ... despite the early start. We're celebrating with you, and are glad that the events of the day were shared here, in addition to the two tellings and retellings at home. That way WE got to enjoy the successes with you!

Congratulations, everyone! (We're confident you'll settle into an early morning routine in no time. Then think of the long morning naps while Michael is in school. Sounds good to us!)

Jake and Fergi xxoo

Teddy Bear said...

Sounds like a great first day of school for Michael.:) That is a bit early to get ready for school. Does that mean you'll have to get up earlier for a before school walk?:)

Teddy Bear

Mack said...

Don't you just LOVE it when your human bro comes home from school?! Sugars galore!!
May this be your brothers best year yet!!

Brian said...

Y'all did a great job cheering Michael on!

Sam said...

What a big day! It sounds like he got through it like a champ!


Amy and The House of Cats said...

Wow what a first day - it sounds like Michael did a great job of handeling it (heck, I am not sure I could have done that at that age - especially having to leave at that insanely early time). We hope that things keep going well this semester!

Jacqueline said...

Congratulations to Michael on his successful first day and best of luck as he settles into the new school year...Hugs...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Sagira said...

Sounds like Michael did awesome on his first day. :)

Remington said...

What a great day!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Great report. Congrats to Michael. Bet he slept well that night.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Kari in WeHo said...

welcome back to a new school year :)