And he’s off . . .

to school.

Kindergarten to be exact.

He started school on the 24th. I haven’t written about it because I’m not sure what to say.

Except that our little world has changed dramatically.

Perhaps I’ll write about empty nest syndrome later. Give me six months. By then I might be able to speak about my baby going off to school and me being home without children 6.75 hours a day without copious amounts of liquid leaking from my eye sockets.

His day did start with a few tears.

He was a little extra cuddly at breakfast.

His jaw quivered a bit during picture-taking.

Fortunately his sister got a laugh out of him so his little system wasn’t doused in extra cortisol the entire morning.

When we got to school he just stood like a statue in line. The stone face is what we see when he is using all of his willpower to hold back tears.  I could feel the apprehension emanating from every ounce of his 46 pounds.  He didn’t speak. I couldn’t speak without tearing up. C rarely speaks. So we just stood there.

I did have to kiss his sweet face at least three times while we were waiting for the bell to ring.

I managed to hold the tears back until G went in the school. But then I had to stop in the parking lot and cry on my husband’s shoulder for a full ten minutes before we could drive home. It must be noted that Daddy got a little teary at this point too.

It’s a good thing my in-laws are here this week. It is a nice diversion and is helping soften the blow.

When I picked G up after school and asked him about his day all I got was, “I have food left over.”

No fountain of information here.

By six o’clock that evening however things had changed. When his daddy asked G about his day G spouted off a list of at least six things that had happened at school.

At least he is talking to someone. Let’s pray it stays that way.

And I’m pleased to report that both of us have made it through his first week. He is happy with school and I’m working on distracting myself with productive activity. I’ve made 17 pairs of earrings in the last four days.

Experiencing growing pains,

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aunt Jaynk
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 20:26:56

    “I have food left over” – now that’s a really astute summation of the first day at school! Loved the post – what a cutie he is!


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