Last night we went to an Ice Cream social at your school a week before classes begin. We’ve gone every year since you started school there as a 3 year old and every year you’ve clung to us. You’ve buried your head in my shoulder and refused to shake hands or say hi to your new teacher. Last year you warmed up about 30 minutes in and went to play with friends, but you kept us in your line of sight the whole time.
This year was a whole new ball game.
You proudly marched in the cafeteria and were so excited to be back. You pointed everything out to the Bean because you know she’ll be scared when she starts there next week too. You ran up to all your former teachers and gave them big hugs and filled them in on random facts about your summer break.
I got to pet an alligator!
Daddy has a new job and a new badge and it’s super cool!
I fell on the playground last week and really did a number on my face!
Mommy got stung by a jellyfish- in her hiney!
When it came time to meet your new teachers, you were a little shy. But as soon as they put their hands out to shake yours, you didn’t hesitate.
Hi, I’m Scorch.
And then- you were off. You were hugging friends and running around without a backwards glance. You didn’t care where we were, you just wanted to go. The only time we saw you for the next hour was if we tracked you down to make sure you were still in the building.
And I died a little inside knowing that this was just one more (big) step forward- not the first and surely not the last.
Every day you assert yourself more and more. Last week when I asked you to do something, you said “No. I refuse.” After I shut my mouth (which had hit the floor), I insisted that you do do what was asked of you- but inside I was thrilled with your gumption & your vocabulary. Just about every day you bring me a new piece of paper with a word or a phrase you’ve tried to sound out yourself- you are bursting to learn how to write and I couldn’t be more excited for you! (Unfortunately it looks like your skills at sounding out words is as good as mine- but don’t worry kiddo, there is a reason we have spell check).
I want so much for you this year- your first year in school full time. I want you to learn- be a sponge and ask a million questions. I want you to make a zillion different kinds of friends- a best friend, a play ground buddy, a friend to sit next to at lunch, friends who are boys and friends who are girls. I want you to have the confidence to ask to play with a stranger. I want you to simply love school- all aspects of it. And I think you will.
To quote one of your favorite movies- “You’ve got guts, spunk and moxie, kid!” And you do! We cannot wait to watch you shine this year!
I love you.