Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The First "Real" Day

EDITED 12:29 p.m. (I forgot one more thing that made my heart swell...Avery came in after brushing her teeth this morning holding a sample of perfume. She said "Mom, I put this on since I have school today, ok? Say it with me..."Awwwwww.")

Today was the first full day of school for Kindergarten and I was surprised that it went so well. Avery couldn't wait to go and she didn't even want me to walk in with her. She said "Mom, do you have to come inside with me?" I told her no, but that I was going to do it all week and she said "I thought it was a REAL school day today?!" I obviously did not have one of those children who was clinging to my leg, begging Mom to stick around. She was more than ready to be on her own. She can't wait to eat at school ("Awesome!"), play on the playground ("So awesome!") and go to PE ("We get to do sports in the school? Awesome!"). Needless to say, she is a tad bit independent and terribly excited to get this whole ball rolling. That makes it easier, I think, to leave them.

Leaving Avery was easier than expected. Leaving the house was not. Getting all three of them dressed and fed by 7:40 proved to be a challenge. I was sweating profusely by the time we reached the school. At any rate, Reese, Rhett and I are home and wondering what to do with ourselves. Here are a few pictures of our morning.

Here's Avery, walking down our driveway. Her Pa Pa got her new school shoes and she loves them.
The little ones are pretty excited too, although they don't know why.

Here's the Kindergartener unpacking her bag. She knew right where to put everything. She was so on the ball. I asked her if she knew where her cubby was and she said "Of course, we were already here once." Duh, Mom.

This was probably my favorite moment of the morning. I promise it's not staged. Avery told Reese to come give her a hug and I was lucky enough to have my camera ready. I could cry just looking at it and thinking of Reesie's little voice as we walked out of the classroom saying, "Mom, now where do I go?" It's so hard to be the ones left behind.

This is how we left her. Sitting at her desk, waiting for all the unknown, exciting things to happen. I see a tiny bit of apprehension in her face, but she wouldn't dare admit it. That tells me is that she will miss us a little bit today. Maybe not as much as we miss her, but she'll still miss us. Won't she?


Cort's momma said...

Oh it made me tear up! Amy and I both took Jackson to his 1st day of Kindergarten and we both cried in the classroom! LOL it was bad!! Im sure people thought we were his "Moms" They just seem so small to be in school!

haley said...

Aww, sweet brave girl!! Jadyn wanted me to just drop her off at the curb today. She looked so tiny walking up to the big doors of the school.