8/28/12

The First Day


We made it! Sam had a wonderful first day of Kindergarten. She rose bright and early (6 am), and came into our bedroom, fully dressed and raring to go. It broke her heart when I told her she had 2 more hours to wait. I was able to hold it together, not cry, even when she put on her backpack, which is almost as big as she is.

This was a day I'd been looking forward to and dreading all summer long: my baby's first day of school. I've been a muddled mixture of anticipation for all she will learn and discover this year, both from her teacher and the interesting world of classroom dynamics between kids. Since this is Kindergarten I certainly don't expect the full-on "mean girl" scenes to manifest, but even in preschool I was often surprised at the alternating degrees of group love and outright hostility between kids. I haven't talked about it before, but Sam has had her own emotional difficulties the past year. We've been working hard to help her through that at home, in the classroom, and even in therapy. She is doing great with it.

She is certainly eager to learn, and filled with excitement for making new friends. But of course, the number one thing she has been waiting for, wanting desperately, begging me to let her go on for over a year was...the bus.

 I was able to get her to turn around right before she stepped on.

 But once she was on, she was no longer looking at me or for me, 
she was only looking ahead to what was to come.

And really, isn't that what we're here to help them do?

Happy "First Day" to all you Moms and Dads out there!

CGM



16 comments:

  1. Such a mix of emotions for sure, hugs to you both.

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  2. She looks so adorable in her first day outfit and backpack! And I'm so happy that things went so well for her!

    My daughter had her first day of Kindergarten on Thursday. She was so excited leading up to the big day, but burst into tears as I said goodbye. It's been a tough haul ever since. I'm crossing my fingers that it will get easier soon! :)

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    1. Oh I hope it does get easier for her - let me know!

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  3. Ah & they grow so fast - enjoy this time while it is here!

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    1. Yes, it's amazing how fast it goes by. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Hi Tanesha,

    Glad to hear you made it throught the day without tears. I received the book I won today "Thread Magic Graden". It looks very interesting. Thanks again for hosting the giveaway contest!
    Hope Sam has a wonderful first year of school.

    -debby

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    1. You're welcome Debby, glad you got it OK. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I bet she's the prettiest in the class. I remember how it felt that first day I sent my 1st born off to school! That was 30+ years ago! It seems like yesterday when I read your account of your baby's first day,

    AJ
    the Quilting Pot

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  6. Tanesha,
    Once again our lives are mirroring each other. Jason, my five year old started kindergarten this year as well. We are attending a private school, that he did summer camp at, mainly for me to transition so the first day of kindergarten wouldn't be so daunting for me. (smile). He's having a blast, and started soccer this week as well. It is the thing we wait for as parents, launching our child into the big world to see how our parenting has taken root. Keep the stories coming. Kelly

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    1. Kelly, I thought of you this week! So glad your son is having fun in Kindergarten, it IS a fun time for them especially once they're settled into it all. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Happy First Day of school ... a little late. Sam looks so excited and is adorable! She'll have a great time! It's a hard time for you, I know. Try to enjoy and know she's a happy little girl because of you and your husband! :)) Great Podcast, by the way!

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    1. Thanks so much Mary Sarah. She is having a great time, and we're in the swing of things now.

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  8. Wait until you are a gramma. It's way harder!!! My grandson started Kindergarten and I've been a basket case!
    Sam is BEE-YOU-TI-FUL. Hope she's still loving school!!!!

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  9. Wait until you are a gramma. It's way harder!!! My grandson started Kindergarten and I've been a basket case!
    Sam is BEE-YOU-TI-FUL. Hope she's still loving school!!!!

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