Tuesday, September 11, 2007

First Day of School

After a 3 day strike by the teachers in our district school finally started for grade K on September 7th. As luck would have it, we were out of town! (In Pullman, WA to see Erin play soccer...will post on that soon). So after speaking with his new teacher, Mrs. Budinger, he was all set to start school yesterday, September 10th. His bus comes at 8:03am. Carson got on the bus and then Addy and I followed the bus to school. I was glad I went because being the 2nd day of school there weren't too many helpers directing kids in the right direction. So we found the line where his class waits for the bell to ring and then the teacher comes to get his class. Once the bell rang I gave him one last kiss goodbye (slightly teary-eyed at this point) and he looks up at me and says "You're not coming?"....broke my heart. I was the only parent standing in line and it was so sweet that he had expected Addy and me to join him at school. I told him he'd be okay on his own and the teacher will make sure he gets on the right bus going home after AM Kindergarten, and we'll be waiting for him then. He seemed fine with that (a little too fine) and went marching on down the hall to his class. We could have followed a little bit further, but I decided it was time for me to go. So strange to have him out of my control even if it is for just a few hours a day (we pick him up at the bus stop at 11:56). Even stranger that I am old enough to have a kid in school! Seems like my worry-factor has increased ten fold. Who will his friends be? Will they use bad words? Will he remember not to talk to strangers? Will he succeed in school? Can he sit still and listen to the teacher? Will he be respectful? 5 years old just seems too little to be on your own for part of the day. But it is his time. He is totally ready.


Hilary 8:54 PM  

A) I would give a LOT of money to have a bus.
B) Awh... kindergarten is the BEST YEAR EVER. I mean, I felt like he was a big kid when he went but I slowly learned that this one of the last years they're "little" -- the teachers revel in that... and it's amazing. LOVED KINDERGARTEN
C) Teacher strike? Man, you have hard a hard life lately!

chris...reese...paige 9:19 AM  

Oh...my little car car is growing up. Love the pics. I bet he feels so proud and grown up!!

danandanne 12:18 PM  

Rochelle! I'm so happy you found our blog! I'm still trying to figure it out so don't be sad you weren't on the friends and family page yet. I was trying to add people last night and couldn't remember addresses. Did you love our little boy?! he's pretty cute! As are your little ones! I can't wait to see you guys in a little over a month....!!! We'll have to plan something fun to do. We miss you guys!

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