Guess what has happened around here in the last week?
Any guesses? Give up? Okay, I’ll tell you.
My kids went back to school.
MY KIDS WENT BACK TO SCHOOL!
I love my kids. You know that.
I love the first 3 1/2 weeks of summer.
And then, I LOVE it when my kids go back to school. Well, I mostly love it.
But this year was a little different and I will admit, mommy had some added back to school anxiety. I always have a little back to school anxiety (especially with some of our unique challenges) but this year, my youngest, my baby, started Kindergarten.
And it was hard.
Thankfully, not for him.
When did he get so big?
When did he become so independent?
He did not want to walk with me. He wanted to do it ALL. BY. HIMSELF.
I want him to be independent and I want him to hold my hand too.
Yes, that big expanse of grass between us in just one big metaphor. Incidentally, you’re not supposed to walk on the grass so we started Kindergarten by breaking the rules. See, he should have held my hand.
But this boy was too big for that and he was all business! All of the friends and teachers we ran into welcomed him and I would say Nathan, tell them what grade you are in. After about the fourth time, he turned and looked at me and said …
“MOMMY, I tell you already … K – I – N -D – E – R – G – A – R – T – E – N ! !” If only I could express to you his far too grown up exasperation at my apparent inability to remember what grade he was in. It won’t be the last time I exasperate him, you can be sure of that.
Eventually, we made it to the classroom, Nathan ten feet ahead of me, where he lined up and waited patiently to go in.
A big kid.
Yes, my child is 4x larger than every other Kindergartener on the planet but that isn’t really what I meant.
Mama doesn’t have a baby anymore, which he so often reminds me when I try to tell him he will always be my baby. “Mommy, I not a baby. I’m a big boy!”
And then my big boy gave me a hug and marched independently into his classroom and got right down to business.
I have to tell you, technically I should not have this picture. We parents should have stayed out of the classroom and given our children their space. Bless my son’s perceptive and gracious teacher who sensing our neediness, allowed us into the classroom for a few quick last goodbyes and hugs and a Kindergarten paparazzi of flashing cameras. Yes, we kindergarten parents are a sad lot – at least on the first day.
Thankfully, we are now through the first few days of school and all of my kids have settled in well.
And so have I.
I miss them but I know they are in good hands and are happily busy and learning and are no longer bored or fighting with each other or making me hide in my bathroom just to make a phone call.
My house is cleaner. And quieter.
And I can write again. Oh blog and blogging friends, how I have missed you!
And I am peaceful and happy to see them at the end of their day and hear all about everything they did.
Nathan LOVES Kindergarten and it has already been really good for him. Instead of his usual Three Stooges burp, he made a quiet burp the other day with his little fist to his mouth and said “mommy, my teacher show me how to burp quietly.” I have shown him how to burp quietly too, but sometimes you just need a little back up.
And they need a little independence.