Great Expectations: Rubber Chicken Madness

Kim writes at Rubber Chicken Madness, and I knew the name of her blog long before I had the opportunity to meet the amazing woman behind it and looong before I found out that she lives close by, in Kansas City. Isn’t it funny how that works sometimes?

Kim is a single mom of boys, and you can read about her story here. You should get to know her, but in a nutshell, she’s a single, working mom of boys, striving to find the perfection in her rubber chicken madness (<—–the story behind her blog name is really cute. We’ll wait while you go read it.)

Thank you so much for being here with us, Kim, as most of us prepare for the first days of school (SIGH).


Every year, I promise myself I won’t do it.

Every year, I fail.

In less than two weeks, I’ll be standing in the hallway at school, watching the kiddos walk in on the first day of this new school year. New backpacks, first day of school shirts, new shoes and bright smiles.

There are invariably some tears down in Kindergarten, but we hand the sad mommies a Kleenex and, before long, they’re okay again. There are likely some tears of joy in other areas as mommies get their days back to themselves.

I will stand outside the doors to my library watching this sweet parade of freshly scrubbed faces.

There will be shy waves and exuberant hugs, and quick chats about books read over the summer.

I hope there will also be celebrations of, “Guess what? I read a book all by myself this summer!”

And I will have to choke back tears.

Each little face.

Each little smile.

Each little person is so full of amazing potential that my heart gets overwhelmed.

We are on the cusp of a brand new learning year.

We are ready to tackle reading and writing and math.

We are ready to log on and create.

And to experiment.

And explore.

Make new friends.

Welcome back the old.

Two weeks before this moment, I will have had to pry myself out of my house to return to work. I will have been resistant because I like being home with my own kids. I will have struggled with getting out of the house and to school by 7:45.  I will have taken deep breaths and begun to try to tackle the impossibly long to do list.

But not one tiny bit of that will matter.

The dawning of a new year will eclipse all the resistance and I will be filled with such anticipation of what we can accomplish as learners this year.

Each child.

Learning each day.

Growing into a unique person full of ideas of their own.

And the great expectations of the year about to unfold will overwhelm me with possibilities.

A tear will slip out.

And a Kindergarten mommy will smile and hand me a Kleenex.

First day at school

Photo Credit: Mark McQuade

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21 Responses to Great Expectations: Rubber Chicken Madness

  1. Alison says:

    Kimberly, I love your perspective from the other side – it truly is special for the ones who are with the children in school too.

    Hope your summer has been awesome so far!

    • Kimberly says:

      My summer was great: Seattle with the boys, Pennsylvania with my mother, Chicago with my chicas! I'm not quite ready to head back to school, but in 7 short days, those faces will parade down my hall, and I'll be embracing a new year!

  2. This is beautiful! The first day makes me teary too. You are so right there is just so much potential and excitement. It's moving! What a perfect piece for all of parents and teachers too as we head back to a new school year. Each school year has great expectations and that is a pretty awesome thing!

    • Kimberly says:

      And I think having the perspective as parent and teacher helps me. I know that every family is sending me the best that they have…and I'll give that kid my best as well.

  3. TheKirCorner says:

    written like the TRUE LOVELY HEART that you are. I like to think I am like this, (or at least used to be when I was an RA or RD, where I saw the excited for the NEWNESS and the STORIES)

    plus as a mom of two little people that will be starting Kindergarten in less than a month, I can honestly say that I hope that they have a librarian in their world exactly like you…because I know that you'll change, expand, infuse their new world with colors, words and knowledge.

    Wow, how I loved this. Can't wait to hear all about your first day this year.

    • Kimberly says:

      I have a feeling that your boys will pull the librarian into their world! One full of Harry Potter and all things wonderful. Kindergarten is such a magical time. I know you'll love every minute with those boys. Treasure it. Time flies!

  4. about100percent says:

    It is such a warm feeling to know that our kids' teachers love our children and look forward to spending the year getting to know them and teaching them. Thank you for your perspective!

    • Kimberly says:

      You are so welcome. And although I wrote this from my heart alone, my 22 years in public education have shown me that my feelings are not unique.

  5. KeelyF says:

    This is great. You made me all tingly for a new Trapper Keeper. 🙂

  6. Oh my goodness this took me right back to every single LAST day of school I ever experienced.

    I taught senior-year English for 16 years and as I bid farewell to approximately one hundred and twenty 17 and 18-year-olds each June, I'd struggle through telling them how much I hoped for their futures, how much they'd enriched my reading of Hamlet (again!) and that being their teacher was the only thing that could impel me to leave my own children every year.

    And I'd cry. Every single time.

    Good luck on the first day of school, Kim.
    I happen to think librarians ROCK.

    • Kimberly says:

      Thank you! First days and last days always bring me to tears. And to think my own baby will graduate high school this year — oh…I'm stocking up on Kleenex already!

  7. Jennifer says:

    I love teachers and faculty that love going back to work with our kids.

    • Kimberly says:

      And we love parents who appreciate us 🙂 Glad to have your kids…glad to love them…and teach them…That's why we're in this business (at least most of us)….we get as much out of it as we give!

  8. idiosyncraticeye says:

    Awww. 🙂

  9. Co-Pilot Mom says:

    I always get teary on the first (and sometimes second) day of school. It is a big day – thank you for reminding me that it is a big day for teachers, too. So much possibility waiting to be realized for everyone. 🙂

    • Kimberly says:

      Oh, it IS. That morning, I get up energized. I know that all the reading/learning/crafting I've done all summer now has a real audience. A real purpose. Thank you for sending them to us…we need them as much as they need us!

  10. Sue says:

    Lovely, Kim…just lovely.