Thursday, August 19, 2010

First Day of Kindergarten

Well, he did it!

I took my dear, sweet son to Kindergarten this morning.  He was so excited that he dragged me through the technically still-closed doors to get to his classroom a few minutes before we were even supposed to be in the building.  I thought for a moment about stopping him, but decided to go with his wave of excitement -- who am I to tell him on his first day of school that he has to wait six minutes?  The last thing I wanted to do was make him feel self conscious, but he was so thrilled to be there I just didn't have the heart to make him wait.

When we got to his room, we read the list of things to do on the door and followed the directions.  He hung his backpack on his peg, signed in, and was on his way to his seat when I gently caught him.  I stooped down and looked him in the eye, telling him, "I just know you are going to have an awesome day and learn so much today!"

A quick hug and a high five later and I was the only childless mom standing in front of the school, waiting for the doors to open.  I promise to wait tomorrow...

No tear from mom, no tears from boy -- sounds like a great start to the year!

And then I worked for six hours, anxiously checking the clock between tasks, wondering what he was doing and if he felt comfortable enough to ask to use the bathroom.  Of course he did, silly mama...

Finally the time came to pick him up.  I met another mother in the hallway, her daughter is the friend Milo gets to sit next to in class.  We watched a group of kids leave the room for after-school care.  The teacher came in and out four times.  My friend's daughter came out, grinning.  Then Milo and he was beaming.  He charged straight for me, proclaiming, "This is the best elementary school I've ever been in and I LOVE Kindergarten!"

Success!

As we chatted on the way to pick up Violet from daycare, more details of the day came out.  His special today was P.E. and he said, "We ran and skipped and galloped between the lines."

They took a tour of the building and he saw the music room and the art room, met the school secretary and the school nurse.  He liked the pizza for lunch, but accidentally dropped his cake on the floor, "But that doesn't matter, lunch was good anyway."

He enjoyed three recesses and liked the stories he heard.  He sang a song for me and said he learned to say, "Bon Apetite, now let's eat!" before snack.  He brought home a school bus picture he colored with green and blue marker and, best of all, he said his teacher "was nice all day!"

Yay for Milo!  On his way to school, I told him, "You never ever get to have your first day of school again -- this is the only one, so I hope you have a really terrific first day!"  And I do think he did.  And I did tear up when he came out of his classroom with a smile as wide as the Pacific ocean, but only then and only for a minute.

6 comments:

Iowa Sunshine said...

awww, milo's first day made me smile about as big as the pacific ocean!! it's good his teacher was nice all day (ha) ... about Kindergarten mid-year my son told me, "Her is kind of bossy." here's to day two for your little guy :)

Mrs Redboots (Annabel Smyth) said...

On my daughter's first day of school, she was so excited she forgot to put her underpants on and had to borrow a pair from the school's emergency supply!

Rhonda said...

Awwww....such precious memories. I'm so glad you have the ability to see them and to savor them as they happen. Not everyone does.

Bless ya...

Allison said...

good for you for not crying. i got my packet of preschool info for my 3 year old and was crying like a baby at the breakfast table while i read it. wow! kindergarten! i'm crying right now just thinking about it. what's wrong with me!

IASoupMama said...

Oh, Allison -- nothing wrong with you! We both had a rougher time transitioning on the first week of preschool -- I left him crying on the second day then, which made me cry, too. He grew up a crazy amount between first day of school last year and first day of school this year.

Thanks for the mama love, Rhonda!

Mrs. Redboots, that is hilarious that your daughter forgot her undies! I hope you remember to tell your grandson that when he's starting school!

And thank you, Sunshine! Day Two started happily, too, even though he was still a little worn out from Day One. I think an earlier bedtime is in order...

WildThingsMom said...

I'm glad he had such a great day!!