It’s that time of year again. Time to wake up at the crack of dawn and prepare school lunches. Time to become the drill instructor of brain soldiers. Time to become the tank commander of school drop-off lines.
This is the first year Some Boy is going to “big boy” school. I was worried even putting him in daycare/preschool when Chelsea said she thought it would be a good idea. I mean, he's MY baby boy (despite the fact that he put a fork through the screen of our last TV). I just knew there would be crying on his first day and it would be nearly impossible to tear away the grip of desperately-nervous fingers afraid of being separated. And it was! But, despite my 180-pound grip strength per hand (I actually tested it), Chelsea was able to get my fingers to let go of Some Boy and dry all my tears.
Despite my rough start to the education process with my sons, I managed to move on to the next level with relative grace. This week, when my little kindergartner let go of my hand and walked into the breezeway of his first real school, I kept it together. I looked on as he nervously set his backpack on the rack and bounded off to the other children on the playground. Of course, this time around, I was a bit more prepared and confident.
Not only did I get to have the practice run at it with preschool, but this year I got to stand with confidence in my own new school clothes. You see, Chelsea took the boys “back to school” shopping with our sponsor JCPenney and got me in on the action with their exclusive line of mens' clothes called MSX by Michael Strahan. Boy, did I feel snazzy standing with all the other first time school parents. I didn’t have to worry about being comfortable. That was covered!
As a 6’4” father of 3.75 boys (number four is set to arrive in October) as well as two dogs and some goats and chickens and sheep, it is imperative that I have clothing that feels comfortable and can move with me. There are hay bales that need lifting, monkey bars for crossing and snazzy nights on the town to be had in our diverse lives.
I have to look “put together” to impress everyone from the feed shop dudes to other dads. Including the guy wearing the AAA baseball hat crying in the corner as his son cheerily runs off to the slide with the other kids.
MSX by Michael Strahan is what I like to call “athleisure” wear, meaning that it can go from the playground to lunch to an evening meeting without breaking a sweat. That's pretty much how my day looks, and I prefer not to change a million times…so it's nice when my clothes can keep up. Plus, Chelsea likes to shop at JCPenney because “they have ALL the things in one place!” I got some comfortable combinations that let me spend the day with the remaining boys in comfort and even up my business casual to business comfortable.
With our first day of school under our belts, we can move on to being the best on the playground.
Or best at math. I can’t decide.
Pictured, in order: MSX by Michael Strahan Short-Sleeve Tee in Bold Burgandy Solid, MSX by Michael Strahan Ultra Fleece Shorts in Sullivan Khaki, MSX by Michael Strahan Short-Sleeve Tee in Charcoal Heather, MSX by Michael Strahan Ultra Fleece Shorts in Black, MSX by Michael Strahan Short-Sleeve Polo in B65 Heather, MSX by Michael Strahan Stretch Chino Pants in Bamboo Khaki.