My son started school last Wednesday. He alternated between excitement and nervousness, happy about his new back-to-school clothes and looking forward to his classes and football but not sure if he’d get to see his friends much. New campus, new route to and from school and new teachers. It’s enough to make anyone a little hesitant. (Remember your first day of work as an adult? Not too different, right?)
The school day started early, with us leaving the house at 7:10am. School doesn’t start until 8:05am but they recommend students get there by 7:30am to ensure they make it to class on time. It’s a little overkill to be there that early, but since kids like to socialize, and most parents have to get to work after dropping off the kids, it works out. Problem was, everyone left early to beat the traffic. We’re 2.8 miles away from the school by road (as the crow flies is about half that) but it took 50 minutes to get to the front of the school. Insanity, but we used that time to talk about the day, not letting the waiting turn into any negative anticipation. Eventually, he was able to get out of the car and start his day; we got back on the road, sat in even more construction traffic and got home about 10 minutes later and I managed to do all of it without a single sniffle!
All day long, we were thinking about him and wondering how his day was going. We’d had a big celebratory dinner with the sibs the night before, but we also wanted to make sure his first day was special, so it was perfect timing when a delivery man rang the doorbell, big box in hand. I looked at the label — it was a complimentary gift basket delivery from GourmetGiftBaskets.com, sent to me so I could host a giveaway for YOU! (We received a Back-to-School Bear Hug Care Package in exchange for this post, but the photos and opinions are my own.)
I was already looking forward to him getting out of school so we could hear about his day, and now I couldn’t wait for him to see the surprise! He had football so we didn’t get to pick him up until after 5pm, but the first thing he did was ask what the box was. “For me? Really??” We let him rip into it, with the promise he’d fill us in on his day right after.
Look at the loot! All those snacks, the candy, the teddy bear — he was thrilled! (There may or may not have been a couple of Tootsie Rolls that I borrowed…) He settled in at the table, pulled out his school materials and started telling us about his day. In between bites of food, we heard about how one of his earliest friends from first grade, who he hasn’t seen since 2010, found him. He talked to girls. He loves his math class, where the math is easier this year because we pushed him to take advanced math last year. He didn’t eat his lunch because he was too excited and busy talking to people. On and on he went with the details, and we loved every minute of it.
Having kids is amazing and little ones definitely are more hands-on and keep you busy, but as they get older, they still need you just as much. The needs just change, and since Little Dude is the last of our four kids, we try to be as involved as he will let us. When he tells us all the little things, we listen, and food always ensures he’ll stay at the table even longer.
“Mom, I LOVE these! They sent me all this stuff?” munch munch munch
I went into his room the next morning after he left for school and saw this.
No matter how big they get, they are never too big for a hug from a cuddly bear.
Gourmet Gift Baskets, located in New Hampshire, has a huge website you can visit here. Food, beverages, non-edible items — the options are endless. Whether you’re celebrating, sending condolences, congratulating a graduate or new homeowner, encouraging someone or just showing someone how special they are, there is a gift basket option. I’m considering the Margarita Madness basket for a long-distance relative at Christmas, and there are a few people I know who would love one of the wine baskets. You can shop by price or recipient, and if you’re unsure if your choice is appropriate, there’s even a page on gift giving etiquette to help you out. I’m not sure what my Christmas gift budget will be yet, but even if it’s not a lot, I can use Gourmet Gift Baskets to help me gift people without the stress of shopping and shipping and worrying if it got there on time or if it’s as high quality as I’d hoped. Be sure to check out their blog, too, for cool articles about food freshness, making coffee and one that caught my eye: how is a cork important?
My son’s proof that a back-to-school bear hug care package is a great way to make such a big day even more memorable. Want to try it out yourself? You can order at their site but they offered me a giveaway — enter below for your chance to win a Back-to-School Bear Hug Care Package like ours!
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