Oh my goodness. My first child had his first day of kindergarten today!! You know, up until now people keep telling me how fast my kids will grow up and they will be 25 before I know it. And I keep thinking "they aren't really growing that fast. I feel like I've been doing babies and toddlers for a LONG time and am still doing it." With 3 kids at home for the past year and a half I was also thinking "Oh school will be so good for Luke and so good for me to focus on my girls and give them a little more attention." But man oh man - I was surprised how empty I felt walking out to my car after dropping him off. I just kept thinking "how can I stop this! My buddy that has been with me since I started this motherhood journey is going to be gone! ALL day! And I'm not going to be the main adult in his life anymore. Is he ready for that? To be out on his own?" And all of a sudden that 5 1/2 years DID seem to have gone fast. really fast. There was a little ache in my heart in the middle of all that excitement that brought some real tears and kept them coming until I picked up my girls. I will miss that Luke but I'm also so excited for his new adventures. I feel proud and anxious and hopeful. It's that feeling that comes with a big change. And I know that I am standing on the threshold of a new stage of life - school kids. And all the challenges and joys that come with it.
3 Hale-ians - day before school. Sunday, August 04, 2013
So, on back-to-school eve I thought we should have a special dinner just for Luke. The only problem with that is Luke doesn't like dinner. Or food in general. But I gave it a try and told him it was his special last night before school and that he could pick whatever dinner he wanted. He picked... cookies. Well, I could make him cookies for after dinner but I told him he needed to pick a real dinner. His next pick was ... pie. Again, Luke - real dinner food. I said, well there is a real dinner that is pie. It's called chicken pot pie. And he said "yeah! yeah! chicken pot pie!" I was skeptical that he would really eat it but thought at least it would be a fun activity on his special night. So Luke and Lucy and I made pie. Lucy rolled out the bottom and Luke rolled out the top and I made the filling. (which was only chicken, carrots and gravy. Luke's orders)
Well, wonder of wonders - Luke loved it! He ate TWO big pieces and even closed his eyes with a "mmmm" on each bite. I was so happy.
Then we did interviews, a haircut, made cookies, had a father's blessing and a family wrestle.
mustache kids waiting for the feast
1. Luke and his chicken pot pie 2. Luke with a new haircut and a daddy-made chocolate chip cookie
Interview with Luke
Interview with Lucy
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!
So this is where I said good-bye and he was as happy as could be. It was so fun to see him being so friendly and excited to be there. And then, aforementioned, I drove home and cried like a baby. Then I had to wait until 4:30 to hear about his day! He was so excited about the bus that of course he begged to ride it home. I left my house 15 minutes early with L&M to go and wait for him on the corner. But right when I got out of my door - I saw the bus pulling away! HIS bus! But they were 15 min early and there was no Luke! Then we (my neighbor and I) saw some little boys walking from far away and when they got to us they said they were lost! They didn't know where their house was. Luckily they knew their phone number and we called their dad and he came out and got them. They were only 2nd graders and got off at the wrong stop! Then, I am thinking "Oh no! Luke is wandering around the neighborhood somewhere lost and scared!!!" My neighbor offered to drive around and look for him. But the bus came around just as he backed out, he flagged it down and got Luke off. So I never got to talk to the bus driver. It wasn't the best first day experience for me and sort of freaked me out. But as Luke got off the bus he was grinning from ear to ear and ran and hugged me and said "Mom! I was right! The bus IS the best thing about school!" It was so cute.
He had a good day. He came home talking about "Pete the Cat" and singing "going to lunch with my school shoes on!" - new things he had learned at school. I think it's healthy for kids to go off to school and do their book learnin. And even though I missed him sooooo much, the ache felt a little bit good. I guess my heart grew a little fonder today.