Off to School

OFF TO SCHOOL

Throat a little lumpy,
Eyes a trifle dim;
Heart a wee bit jumpy
All because of him.
Countless mothers maybe,
Now the days are cool,
Sigh to see the baby
Starting off to school.

Strange that I should sigh so,
Now the day is here;
Strange that I should try so
Not to shed a tear.
Yet I stand here grieving
In the vestibule
As I think of leaving
Him all day in school.

Why this sinking feeling?
Why this moment’s pain?
What am I concealing
In my burning brain?
Can it be that mothers
Suffer deep concern
When at last from others
Babes begin to learn?

This the reason maybe
Heartache trouble me;
Never more the baby
Mine alone will be.
I no more can hold him
Mine to love and rule,
The world’s begun to mould him!
Now he’s off to school.

The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Sep 28, 1936

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