Wednesday, August 11, 2010

1st day of school...

the bags are packed.
it's time for the 1st day of school.
last night, as i was making last minute preparations for the big day...
i had grand illusions of the following morning.
i would wake up around 5:30.
work out. water the garden. shower. don a cute outfit.
make breakfast. make lunches.
my happy children would gobble up their meals and shower me with hugs.
{because they would miss me sooo much throughout the day.}
we would take happy pictures and be off to school.
that didn't happen.

instead, i opened my eyes at 6:00.
watered the garden.
made breakfast {served on "special" plates}.
 made lunches {happy notes included}.
did randi's hair
{she's into the straight look right now.}
forced my youngest child to eat.
brushed my teeth.
{never saw the shower...or a cute outfit.}
threw on a baseball hat.
forced my youngest child to turn away from spongebob and get dressed.
made sure their teeth were brushed.
argued with my youngest child over shoes.
forced them - both - to be happy about taking pictures.
{you can see what the youngest one would rather be doing.}
hhmmm...she looks happier than him.
and...forced them to hold hands while walking in to school.
{i really don't think they minded that part.}

we took randi to her classroom first.
she was done with pictures and kisses by that point.
in fact, she wanted me to say goodbye
outside the classroom.

cade found his seat right away and began working on an alphabet exercise.
i told him goodbye - at least 20 times.
{i think he was getting embarrassed.  i was the only mom still there.
but, the teacher said i could stay as long as i wanted!}
yeah.  he's real happy that i'm still there.
{what is with that face???}
i cried.
and cried some more.
the director was at the door when i was leaving.
she gave me a big hug...
{and i cried some more}
and told me i could come back any time during the day.
so, i ran back and snuck one more look at cade.
he was smiling and laughing.
he would be just fine.

i'm so excited for them to go to school.
but, oh how i miss them.
they drive me crazy sometimes.
but, oh how i will really miss them.

cade's teacher gave the parents an envelope on meet the teachers.
it was sealed with a sticker that said "a note for you to open on your child's first day of kindergarten".
i just read it...
The First Day
I gave you a smile as you entered my room today.
for I know how hard it is to leave and your child must stay.
You've been with him for five years now and have been a loving guide,
But now, alas, the time has come to leave him at my side.
Just know that as you drive away and tears down your cheeks may flow
I'll love him as I would my own and help him learn and grow.
For as a parent, I too know
How quickly the years do pass
and one day soon it will be my turn to take my child to class.
So, please put your mind at ease and cry those tears no more
For I will love him and take him in
When you leave him at my door.

yes. i'm crying again.

{note: new school this year.  uniforms. later start time. awesome teachers. LOVE it.}

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