Logan Begins Third Grade

We missed Logan’s boarding the bus on the first day of school by two minutes. We were walking up the steep hill and saw his feet as he sprang in the bus. We were a bit earlier the second day, in time to get a picture of him. He was so proud of his new sneakers that he actually stood still.

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As the bus chugged up the hill, he was a blur as he ran to the end of the road.

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Signs say STOP.  Logan says GO!

Retrieval systems came into play after school. John used a pole to extricate an airplane, while Logan had a stick to get back a tennis ball he had thrown.

Checkers gave John a chance to rest after all the activity in the yard.

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Today is quite different from the exuberance of youth. We are saying goodbye to neighbor Dave and thinking of peace and rest. I last talked with him as the neighborhood celebrated the Fourth of July. His health went downhill, and he couldn’t win that last battle with pneumonia. We will miss seeing him with Connie on their porch, hearing his ready wit and interesting stories, and knowing a big-hearted man can only love us from afar. This is my favorite picture of him, taken on our back porch on Memorial Day, 2016.

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50 thoughts on “Logan Begins Third Grade

  1. So sorry about the loss of your good friend. I’m glad you got to say goodbye. And it’s good to balance the sad with the happiness of Logan’s life. Glad you have that.

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  2. Sorry to hear about your friend and neighbor Dave. I am thinking perhaps this is the friend you mentioned who was battling COPD like my good friend and neighbor Marge? Pneumonia can take you down so quickly especially if you have a compromised immune system. Logan looks all spit-shined and new shoes and a new haircut too I think. He is lucky to have you and John in his life.

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      1. Bet Logan looked much older all dressed up – I noticed the haircut or those hairs were tamed down. I know you said in a recent post he seemed older or more mature at Summer’s end.


          1. Amazing when you think of it – he did spend a lot of time at your house though, so being around adults no doubt was the cause and you had four adults there to interact with him. My parents were 30 years older than me and being an only child, plus my parents were so strict, kind of set the tone for me. I don’t think I was as rambunctious as kids who had siblings … just my opinion though.


              1. So he will grow up mature for his age – I had pals in Canada who were my age, and also lots of kids on this street around my age, but they all had siblings so that made it a little different. You always had someone to play with even at home … my parents read a lot, so I sat there in my chair and the basket of Golden Books beside me and just did what they did. Self-entertainment when you are an only child.


  3. Dear Anne,
    What does one say when a friend has lost a dear friend and neighbor? Perhaps the fact that he lives on in your memories and prayers as he looks on from afar will bring comfort. Wonder what Logan thinks of Dave’s passing.
    Logan looks all smart as he started grade 3.


    1. Logan seems more mature now. That may be because we didn’t see him very much this summer. He was busy doing things with relatives, and we had our grandsons with us. We’re pleased Logan hasn’t outgrown us yet.


  4. I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your neighborhood friend. It doesn’t matter how much older and wiser I become, it is never easy to say goodbye. Logan is a doll! I saw the school photograph and an “Awww”…burst out of me.


  5. I had to laugh about Logan running for the bus. It reminded me of my boys and how I had an awful time getting first day of school photos of them! They would take off running like calves let go in the pasture.
    So sorry to hear about your neighbor Dave. My deepest sympathy to you and John, Anne.


    1. I don’t remember much of our son’s first school years. There is a big gap in our family. When $ was in first grade, the girls were in high school and college.


    1. Dave was a police officer for 20 years and was a staunch supporter of law and order. Logan’s school year was off to a good start. We never heard him say he didn’t want to go back to school!

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