Thursday, September 4, 2014

1st Grade

Well, friends, I did it.

I put that little big boy on the bus and off he went to first grade.



He was feeling some jitters and I was a bit nervous myself.

I know, I know. We did this last year. But the transition from half-day kindergarten to full day school seems awfully momentous.


I don't think anyone's nerves were helped by waiting at the bus stop for half an hour as bus after bus went by. The right bus finally showed up (after school had already started) on the wrong side of the intersection...

It still feels jarring - the sending off of your kid into the unknown. I imagine it doesn't get any easier. But I understand that parenting is always drawing close and letting go. It's teaching them all of the things you think they need and then realizing the ones you forget to say. It's promising to love them when they are angels and when they are insufferable crazy people. It's knowing that their love goes with them, even when you can't. And finally, it's trusting that you are doing a good job as a parent. They're all going to be o.k. And so are we parents.

8 comments:

  1. Awwww what a milestone!! My 3 year old is going to preschool for the first time this year, which I am verklempt enough about, but to watch your kiddo take off on that bus? GAH! So emotional! Glad I have another 2 years. Haha.

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    1. Has Small Fry started preschool already? That's so exciting!

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  2. Hope he had a great first day! These jitters never go away ... I sent my youngest off to middle school this week, and that was nerve-wracking. He thought he'd get lost (we're in the smallest public middle school/high school in the state--you CAN'T get lost!). But it's always such a leap of faith to send them into the unknown.

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    1. Haha, that's good to know. I think so much of it is the fear of the unknown - they don't know their teacher or their classmates or their routine yet - and you can't really help with any of it!

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  3. Sorry about the bus situation! That happened time and time again to my kids when little, and it is disruptive and stressful to the little folks waiting. Hope his day didn't get off on the wrong foot. By the way, how cute, his backpack is almost bigger than him, lol.
    Kids are resilient; he will probably be begging to go to school when the weekend rolls around; my grandson did :)

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    1. I know he will be just fine. It just seemed like added stress when there were enough jitters already!

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  4. That sucks about the bus! And of course there is a huge difference between a half day and a full one. I've all this to come yet - we're slowing approaching Alexander's first birthday (two months left) and I'm feeling all funny about that... How do I nearly have a one year old? Time flies!

    Loved your closing paragraph. Well written, so true.
    :-)
    Bits & Bobs

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    1. Thanks Jade. Time does go so fast. David will be seven before this year is up and Becca Grace is almost 1 1/2. Holy cow!

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