August 26, 2004

The Big Day

I made it through yesterday morning alright, though I shed a few tears and The Girl announced at least once during breakfast that Mama was "wying." It started pouring rain as we drove away from our house, which suited my mood pretty well. The walk from the farthest parking lot up a hill past a million John Kerry bumper stickers didn't help much, but I started to feel better once we got inside.

The classroom is lovely, and The Boy had a wonderful time playing and running around with the other kids (except for one mean girl who took the bandana away that he was using). He made a playhouse, went outside in the rain and plowed the sandbox with a rake, pretended to be a prince and just bounced around having fun.

I chatted with some of the other moms and even though politically we will never agree, we do share other common ideas and I think we are making a good choice in this school. I still don't know if he'll stay there for real school, but I like what they are doing with the little ones a lot.

Today is the BIG DAY though. Today I take him to school, sign him in and leave. I think The Girl and I will go to the library or something afterward and maybe when I pick him up at lunchtime I'll take him out to eat. If I'm lucky he'll be in his mango lassi requesting mood and not his burger and fries mood. Either way, this is the day of one of the first big separations. My son is growing up. I'm happy, sad, and ambivalent all at once.


This too shall pass. You will soon be inundated with "projects" involving buttons, beads, and bits of string. The boy will come home to regale you with tales of life in the big beyond of school, and with any luck he will surreptitiously subvert the progeny of the Kerryites.

Posted by: skinnydan at August 26, 2004 07:41 AM

Keep being strong. It can be difficult when you are still toting another tot around and not able to have a brief "alone" time.

Does his sister show any signs of missing her brother, or has the concept not sunk in (maybe until after he has been going to school for awhile)?

Posted by: MarcV at August 26, 2004 11:29 AM

I know exactly how you feel. Or at least I think I do. I fight every second that makes my kids grow up faster. If that makes sense.

Anyway, welcome to Mu.Nu. Sorry it took so long for me to get over here and say howdy!

Posted by: RP at September 8, 2004 03:54 PM