On Monday we had “orientation.” It entailed a school kick off and a 30 minute small group classroom scavenger hunt. During the all school assembly on Monday I got all weepy when the kids all stood up to sing the Star Spangled Banner. I’m not sure what came over me. I’ve never become emotional during that song, but perhaps it was seeing 200 plus kids all doing it together in a room that would be Sara’s home away from home for the next 6 years!
Sara looked over at me and laughed when she saw my tears… then yesterday when we were walking to school she asked me if I could NOT cry in front of everyone! Not sure if she is 5 or 13!
We are so lucky that we live walking distance from school! Sara and I had a special little girls breakfast out just the two of us yesterday and before walking over for the big day! As you can see she was “slightly” excited!
At her school the kindergarteners start 5 minutes later and end 15 minutes earlier at the end of the day to avoid the craziness of dismissal. All the kids were playing on the playground in the morning until the bell rang. A few minutes later all the little kindergarteners approached the door with moms and dads not far from their sides to line up for day 1.
While there were plenty of kids crying and fearful of the big goodbye my kid was just excited to be standing by her teacher and seeing some old friends from camp. I was the one that had to run over and give her just a final few hugs and kisses before eventually they all walked inside together.
I couldn’t stand around with the other moms and make conversation. In fact, by this point most of us had on our sunglasses to hide the tears. I just swallowed hard and walked home… alone. I texted the Hubs to tell him that indeed the morning was a success and that our little lady was off to kindergarten. Once I got home I got in my car and drove to walk.
I kept my phone nearby in the event that I got a call from school about Sara, but it never happened. Instead I watched the clock and wondered all day what she was doing until at last I left my office and hurried home so that I could walk over and be there as soon as she got out of school!
Most of the same moms were gathered back in the afternoon and we all chatted about our hopes for a successful day!
When the doors opened and all the little ones came out there faces were filled with pure joy and excitement!
Sara spent the walk home chatting about her day and the stories she heard and the games they played!
I’d say day 1 was truly a success for BOTH of us!