This year, since my son is in senior kindergarten, he starts school in the afternoon. I rushed home on my lunch break from work to take him to school.
At home, he was in tears. He didn't want to go to school. He didn't want to go because his tooth was loose and he was afraid he'd lose it. I promised him his tooth wouldn't come out while he was at school, but if it did, Mrs. P would take great care of it for him and put it in his back pack.
I took his hand, and we walked outside to take a picture by the tree like we did last year.
Last year's picture:
This year's picture:
Uh-oh. It wasn't a good scene.
At school, he was very clingy to me. I kissed him and told him it would be okay. I promised him that since it was his first day back at school, it wouldn't really be a 'normal' day.
"So that means there will be no learning today?"
"Exactly, my little man. No learning today. Just fun times."
That made him feel a little better, and he started walking towards his classroom. Then he turned around and looked at me, and OMG.
However, I did not cry. Last year, I was a sobbing mess. This year, I was strong. No tears. Even after all of HIS tears, I was strong.
When did I become a tough mom?
After school, my mom picked him up. He was happy and smiling, and day two of school went extremely well. Phew.
What is it with the first day of school anxety for parents and children? Well, at least another 'first day' is over and done with, right?
Now, where is my wine...