I believe the anticipation began at 6:30 am when Sj popped up out of bed and said, "Today's the big day". Then by 10 am she was ready for lunch because I told her she would be going to school after lunch. Around 10:30 her shoes and backpack were on and she was pacing around the house.
Yesterday, was the big day for all of us. Sj started Kindergarten.
Although she doesn't quite grasp how monumental starting Kindergarten is, I certainly do. I could feel it as she was lining up with her new classmates and teacher. The tears welled up in my eyes, witnessing yet another first moment of her life. Appropriately enough Sj, waved goodbye and marched into school not turning back. Excited to take on the new adventure, we call Kindergarten.
The night before we went to the school to meet her teacher and check out her classroom. After about five minutes, I could see her searching for something. I asked her what she was looking for. "Toys", she said. We looked around together, but saw no toys. There were blocks and manipulatives, but no toys. No dress ups, no play kitchen, not a baby doll in sight. Her teacher told her they have toys, just not the kind she was looking for. It made me feel a bit sad inside that Kindergarten has become so business. So academic. No time for creative play. Gulp.
I know what our mornings will be full of, exploration, creative play, getting messy. Then she'll be off to learn to read, explore numbers, make new friendships.
Here's a photo of Sj and GL, shortly before leaving:One of the biggest transitions will be for GL. She's become her big sister's side kick. She woke from her nap and the first thing that came out of her mouth was, "Sissy". Immediately followed by the two palms up, "Sissy
The entire family loaded up into the car to pick Sj up from the big day. I could see her looking into the sea of mothers for me. She was thrilled that Daddy also came for the pick up. Her first day was a success.
All I was left to ponder was, how can my first born be in Kindergarten already? I wonder how long it will take me to wrap my brain around this one. The passing of time just amazes me these days.