Today I called about kindergarten.
It turns out we missed the registration day they had set up. I never thought that they’d do registration so early! One of the few drawbacks about where we live is there really aren’t any families around with young kids for me to talk to, so I didn’t know.
After getting past that initial shock (guess we’ll be one of the families making a special appointment to register), I asked whether kindergarten was half or full day.
I was really hoping for half day…
But it is full day, starting at 8:50 and going until 3:15.
I’m not ready for that.
As I put your lunch on the table, I mentioned to you that kindergarten would be full day. I explained that you would get up, eat breakfast, go to school and eat lunch there before you came home. While I was still reeling from the information, you took it all in stride. “Just like O. when she goes to school!” you said, smiling.
Your little brother overheard the all day part and mirrored my feelings when he asked, “Does she get to come home?”
Our world is going to be changing in 6 months.
When I mention kindergarten, you smile and tell me, “I’m not going until next year, Mommy.” You are relaxed. Excited to be with other kids, anxious to learn all you can.
Instead of me trying to reassure you, you are holding my hand, letting me know it will all be okay. Instead of worrying about being at school all day, you are excited that you get to eat lunch there like your older cousin does at her school.
When your brother worried whether you’d get to come home, you reassured him with a smile and a hug and, “Yes, sweetie, I’m just going to school.” So grown up.
And just like that I knew I didn’t have to worry about you. You are going to shine!
It’s the rest of us that aren’t going to know what to do with ourselves when you start school.