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I just got back from my wife and I dropping the kids off for their first day of school. Our eldest is now in third grade, and the quadruplets just started kindergarten, so this is a huge day for us all. The school has four separate kindergarten classes, so each of the quads is in a class alone, off to face the world on his or her own.

Every day with these kids is a treat that amazes me in a new way. As I often say, I don’t know how it happens: I stay the same, but they keep getting taller.

No matter what the calendar might say about solstices, summer is now officially over. We had a great one, and I miss it already, but I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

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  1. Good luck, Paul! It’s bittersweet, sure. Sometimes I wish I could keep them just as they are right now, but I felt that way at every age—except when the quads were fighting for their lives in the NICU, of course. At the same time, I can’t wait to see just who they grow up to be. For me, it’s best to just savor each moment as much as I can and know just how fortunate I am to be their father.

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    Good luck, Paul! It’s bittersweet, sure. Sometimes I wish I could keep them just as they are right now, but I felt that way at every age—except when the quads were fighting for their lives in the NICU, of course. At the same time, I can’t wait to see just who they grow up to be. For me, it’s best to just savor each moment as much as I can and know just how fortunate I am to be their father.

  3. Matt, I forget, full day kindergarten for the quads? My daughter had her first day of pre-school today…you’re right, summer is in the books. But it was a good one.

  4. Matt, I forget, full day kindergarten for the quads? My daughter had her first day of pre-school today…you’re right, summer is in the books. But it was a good one.

  5. Today’s only a half day, but after that it’s full days. I’ll miss them, but the idea of having almost seven hours of unbroken time to chip away at my work seems wonderful too.

    Congratulations to your daughter! I hope you and your wife survived it well.

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    Today’s only a half day, but after that it’s full days. I’ll miss them, but the idea of having almost seven hours of unbroken time to chip away at my work seems wonderful too.

    Congratulations to your daughter! I hope you and your wife survived it well.

  7. I think it’s excellent that each of the quads has his own class. I saw my oldest off this morning for his first day of kindergarten, and he was super-excited. It’s only half day here in Delavan (and we have to send him all the way to Darien, too, since the closer schools are full) but the teacher and kids looked great.

  8. I think it’s excellent that each of the quads has his own class. I saw my oldest off this morning for his first day of kindergarten, and he was super-excited. It’s only half day here in Delavan (and we have to send him all the way to Darien, too, since the closer schools are full) but the teacher and kids looked great.

  9. Brian: My wife’s been back to work full-time for two weeks now. She’s a school social worker. As for me, I’ll have a bit more time to hit my deadlines. 🙂

    Cam: Glad to hear you had a successful launch. Having a great teacher means so much.

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    Brian: My wife’s been back to work full-time for two weeks now. She’s a school social worker. As for me, I’ll have a bit more time to hit my deadlines. 🙂

    Cam: Glad to hear you had a successful launch. Having a great teacher means so much.

  11. Once again you’re making me feel old. 🙂 I watch the families of my friends grow up and I realize just how long I’ve had these friends.

    It’s good to hear that the school was able to put them all in separate classes. It’ll give them each a chance to be “alone” and start to learn more about who they are as individuals.

    Marty’s starting 3rd grade? Egad! It seems like just yesterday that I was waking up to an empty house and a note on the kitchen table. 😀

  12. Once again you’re making me feel old. 🙂 I watch the families of my friends grow up and I realize just how long I’ve had these friends.

    It’s good to hear that the school was able to put them all in separate classes. It’ll give them each a chance to be “alone” and start to learn more about who they are as individuals.

    Marty’s starting 3rd grade? Egad! It seems like just yesterday that I was waking up to an empty house and a note on the kitchen table. 😀

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