Today marked the first official day of school for my two boys, albeit the day wrapped up after a mere forty-five minutes. Our presence was required for registration, and the outlining of the general proceedings for the year to come. As the children savour these fleeting last moments of summer, I cannot help but reflect back on all the first days that have passed. So quickly, too quickly. I’ve undertaken the same slightly unnerving journey seven times now. I wonder how it is possible that I have a child in Grade Five? They don’t need to hold my hand any longer, there is absolutely no trepidation as to what awaits that first day. The only trepidation felt is by myself.
Despite my misgivings, there is also an upside to the beginning of the school year. I will actually have the opportunity to focus on those areas that have been left neglected with several children underfoot. I feel like I have accomplished little this summer, with the exception of corralling numerous children. There were eight children total in my house the other day, they appear to now converge and multiply. Fortunately, Elizabeth’s Montessori program does not begin until next week, so she and I will have an opportunity for a little mother, daughter bonding while her brothers are away. The tasks can wait a few more days.
Speaking of Elizabeth, this morning she consented to a few photos, perched upon my new chair. This marks the third installment in my chair photo series. I ordered this chair eons ago, and after approximately a five month wait, it was delivered on Friday afternoon. The arrival marks the official completion of Project Front Entrance (with the exception of the credenza repair). The chair is indeed the Side Chair by Warren Platner for Knoll, an object I have obsessed over for almost an eternity. I’ve had the Platner coffee table for years, and my love for it has not diminished over time, so I knew the chair would be a fabulous addition to the MCM collection.
I envisioned the placement of this chair at the front entrance next to a credenza, before I actually procured the Baughman piece. And it had to be yellow. Once I get an idea in my head, I am generally unwavering. Knoll offers a tremendous number of fabrics in a spectacular array of colours and patterns. With the exception of yellow, more specifically, a bright yellow. There were I believe a grand total of two fabrics that fit my criteria. And that is how I ended up with a yellow felt. I do adore it, the felt is an interesting contrast to the metal. But I cannot fathom that it will be entirely durable either. Why do I feel like we’ve had this conversation before...