Thursday, September 9, 2010

Kindergarten Adventures begin!

Today was a big day in our house.  And I know some who haven't reached this point with their children don't think it will be a big deal.  But it is.  This is the start of living with a purpose...not just playing, napping, pooping, and eating.  It is a time when your children leave you for the day with the goal of learning, growing, and preparing to live life as a productive and kind citizen.  It is the end of choosing the care provider and having the impact of a smaller number of children that you can control.  It is a time when he will interact with children on the playground, on the bus, in the hallways, in the classroom, etc that you have no control over.  The fact is...whether they have been leaving you since they were three months old to spend their days away from you being loved up by a daycare provider or grandparent or whether they have spent their time puttering around the house, holding your hand in the parking lots, and running errands home with is a big deal.

So this morning Charley woke up...sleeping later than usual - WHAT THE HECK - because Henry slept later too.  (I am rolling my eyes and shaking my head right now...and Ed thought it was funny).  He was jazzed for his first day of Kindergarten.  He had ordered up scrambled eggs, sausages, and toast, and I threw on some strawberries.  Charley polished off his plate and announced, "Man, I am full."  Ahh, a satisfied mama knew her boy would go off with a full belly.  He got dressed this morning without a fight, in a nice innocent kindergarten type shirt and shorts, knowing that tomorrow (day 2) he can wear his new Darth Vader shirt. 

School here doesn't start until after 9 am.  And at first this seemed so late...but today I realized that we should have no problem in our house being ready and out the door because there is really no excuse to be rushing...unless my boys miraculously start sleeping really late in the morning.  So I am happy with our start time. 

Daddy was home and we took our start of the school pictures out on the deck, in the same corner we have taken them in the last two years for preschool. 

Then we headed out the door.  Charley was greeted with a message from the family who loves him. 

And our walk began.  Yesterday morning was rough here.  The boys were at each other and I spent much of my time breaking up disputes over pointless stuff.  And this of course depressed me, since it was our last official day all home together...but then I realized this was fate's way of telling me it was time for a change in routine...and I think I had a friend or two that pointed this out to me too.  So I was feeling pretty strong - emotionally.  We arrived at school to a crowd of students and parents gathered.  For everyone else this was their third day of school.  But for the kindergartners this was day one.  


As the doors were unlocked and the crowd entered it hit me.  My son was now part of the herd.  And he was being moved through the doors of a new building that would bring him so much joy.  A world of his own - that I would only know from watching from the sidelines, volunteering occasionally, and the bits and pieces he shares with me.  I started to tear up but kept telling myself that I had to hold it together so that he didn't think about mama being sad. 

As he entered the classroom he was greeted by his teacher and he presented her with a small bouquet of flowers (a tradition we started with his preschool teachers).

I reached over and gave him a quick peck and in he was herded.  He got his backpack in his locker and joined his good friend Elly at a table to color.  He turned around at one point and gave daddy a wave.  I squeezed in and gave a quick "Love you!  See you in a bit."  And off we went.  


As we walked out of the school Henry paused, looked up at daddy and me, and said:


AT this point we had to explain that Charley would stay at school for a bit and we would come back and get him.  He was on the verge of breaking down but I had the plan of baking cupcakes on our agenda so that distracted him enough...but as you can see as he walked home he was a bit puzzled by this whole predicament he was in.  Life has changed for this little bugger.  But it will be okay.  He needs this time to be a little boy - without his big brother directing his play, he deserves these next few months of one on one time with me, and he needs to be reminded that blocks, cars, and crayons are just as fun as guns, swords, and Star Wars guys.

So we baked...

The baking kept us busy and soon it was time to go get Charley...with the added bonus of Grandma Charlie arriving just in time to enjoy the pick up adventure!  He was quite serious when we first saw him but he quickly broke into a smile that he couldn't hold back for long.  On the way home he jabbered..mostly answering mama's questions.  I had a ton!  He loved it all and said it was the best day in the whole world with school and cupcakes!

We settled in for lunch...egg salad sandwiches, soup, and cupcakes!  And the afternoon was spent enjoying Grandma...while Mama and Daddy went off to get a glimpse of the next addition to our family.  More on that later. 

He is excited for tomorrow - and that my friends - is all that a mama wishes for. 


Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Charley! We're so glad you had a great first day!

Sarah-The cupcakes look so awesome. Henry is a lucky little dude!


Meg said...

Glad it went well Sarah!!

One Take On Life - Heather said...

Sounds like a great start to the first day!

Anonymous said...

I love that he and Elly are in the same class! Great entry to read, Sarah. He is going to have a wonderful kindergarten year.

Barb said...

Ahhhhhhhhhh wonderful memories down in print forever. I'm sure we all tipped our head as we read this blog, just the wonder of it all grabbing at our heartstrings. Charley will be an awesome student. Big day for you Sarah, and Ed and Henry too.

Crystal said...

I love this post! Peyton just started preschool this week and I went through a lot of the same thoughts and Gracie felt just as lost as Henry. I love the chalk message on the sidewalk - will have to keep that it mind for next year! So glad it went well and I love the pics, especially the one with the Dr. Seuss verse.

Anonymous said...

great post. i feel like i was there. i can just imagine. especially being a teacher-the rush of being in the middle of it all but still being seperated. remember these moments so you can help me through it! i love the dr. suess shout out too!!!!! RR

Paula said...

Oh Sarah, what a wonderful tribute to an important day for a very important boy. Love those pictures. You will so love looking at this when those boys are all big and grown up. The photos of Henry kinda broke my heart a little :)
Thank you for sharing it with us. Congratulations Kindergarten Guy!!

Drew's Mom said...

They both look so adorable! Glad to here you ALL had a great first day of kindergarten =)

Danifred said...

Congratulations on a great first day! And, I just love the sidewalk message- too cute!


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