I’m so thrilled to welcome Marquita Valentine to Peanut Butter on the Keyboard today! A fellow romance author, I had the pleasure of meeting Marquita at the RWA conference in 2011 and the equal pleasure of reading parts of her work before it was published. Today, Marquita shares school insights–something which really resonated with me as SuperGirl just started pre-K yesterday. Welcome, Marquita!!
A Different Sort of Firsts
This summer has been a bittersweet one as a parent. My baby boy started Kindergarten and my daughter started third grade at the end of July (we have year round school). Two very definable moments, since Kindergarten is the start of a child’s school career and third grade is the beginning of the dreaded End of Grade tests.
Silly kids and mommy
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel with the house empty. I mean, I knew I’d be excited about all of the extra time I’d have to write, volunteer and basically get things done. And I’d already done the whole mai-babeh’s-in-the-Kindergarten routine with the first one. Confession: It wasn’t pretty. So, this time I’d be calm and collected and so cool. I wouldn’t be like the other moms, weeping at the door and pressing their noses against the windows as they tried to get one last look at their babeh. Nope, not me.
Ready to get to class! …And waiting on her brother.
Yeah right. My husband had barely gotten the picture of my babeh with his teacher (also my daughter’s former teacher, yay!) before I started tearing up. Then that sneaky little educator had to give me a flippin’ poem, and I, in all my over-confident experience, read it. Commence blubbering and sobs while I walked down the longest hall in existence.
I can’t stop picturing him like this.
Still, it wasn’t until I was in the truck with my husband that it hit both of us: This was the last time we would be doing this. Not only that, but this was the end of an era. Slowly but surely baby things were being given away. Things like cups, plates, clothes, toys and DVDs that my kids no longer wanted to use because they are GROWED UP. Sigh.
Maybe that’s why there’s a toddler (niece of the heroine) in my debut, Twice Tempted and a five month old in the sequel, Third Time’s a Charm. Apparently, I don’t want to give that time up!
Then the most wonderful thing evah happened. My barely 5 year old came home from school and read a book to me, all by himself. I cried and laughed. I gave him a high five and asked him to read it again so I could video it with my phone all the while thinking: My son read a book with complete sentences to me!
Who cares about no more baby stuff, my boy can read just like his big sister!!!
So I want to know, Peanut Butter on the Keyboard readers, what firsts have you experienced lately?
Marquita Valentine writes small town romances that are anything but small. Lisa Kleypas, Carly Phillips and Rachel Gibson are among her favorite contemporary authors. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man — and if that doesn’t work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.
Coming in September
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