Monday, September 14, 2009
I can't believe what I am going to tell you all - but Christos's first day of kindergarten was absolute perfection!
I am still in shock, I think, at how well he did today. He woke up, ate a great big breakfast consisting of 2 scambled eggs, toast, Honey Nut Cheerios, milk and a glass or orange juice (seriously).
He got dressed easily, and had his backpack on before we were even ready to leave. On the drive to school, he talked to me about the fact that I was going to leave him there:
"So, you're going to leave me at school. But you'll be back."
"Exactly, sweetie. I'll be back before you know it, and you'll do great - you'll love it so much, and you have a great teacher, and you probably won't even want to leave!"
"So when you leave me at school, you're just going to go buy some soap, right? You're just going to go buy some soap for the dishwasher, and then come pick me up?"
"Yup! That's all I am going to do! Something boring like go buy soap. Then I'll be back to get you!"
We arrived at the school and Christos happily got out of the car. I carried Dimitry, and we walked to the kindergarten section, where his teacher greeted us. After a few minutes, it was time for him to go in. And that was it. I kissed him, told him I loved him and I told him I'd see him soon. He held his teachers hand, and off he went, without even looking back. Just like that. My boy had entered the school system, and was about to embark on his first day of school.
I, on the other hand, started crying my head off at that moment. He didn't see me, thankfully, but I was crying. Another mom came over to talk to me, and told me what a wonderful teacher my son was going to have this year - her daughter had just started grade 1 at that school and had this teacher last year and the year before. It was nice to hear.
Then it was time to take Dimitry to nursery school with my grandmother.
We're still staying with him, because I can't bear to leave him alone yet - he's so small and my heart is breaking enough already this week! But I must say, Dimitry is my social butterfly of a child - and he is loving nursery school! He started playing right away, and is enjoying it very much. (He's gone two times already).
I left and went back to wait at my son's school. I was there 30 minutes early, but I didn't mind.
Then Christos came out, and the smile he had on his face when he saw me is a smile I will never, ever forget. It was a great day for him. He loved it, and he looks forward to going back again tomorrow.
Can you say success? And now, a big sigh of relief!
Note: Yes, I do realize I'm probably the only mother who sent her children to school in crocs. I can't help it. They are the easiest shoes, ever. Also, for the record, Christos had a pair of brand new Lacoste running shoes to change into at school, so there. And tomorrow, Dimitry will wear his, too.