Wednesday, August 17, 2011

First Day of Kindergarten

This morning was Henry's first day of Kindergarten!

He got to pick out the color of his uniform shirt, got dressed right away, and came down to breakfast without any wheeling-and-dealing. (He's not the best morning person!)

Henry was escorted to Mrs. Widner's room by Mom, Nana (the school's music teacher) & all 3 brothers. Even though other kids were crying, Henry was super-brave. Right before I left, he told me,
"Mom...I'm getting a little frightened."

So, I gave him a quick hug and left the room. I figured it was better to run before he thought about it too much.

When we all picked him up at 11:00, he was all smiles. I asked him how his day went, and he said,

"Oh, Mama! It was AMAZING! I was, like, made to go to kindergarten!"

I was fine getting him ready, I was fine dropping him off. But it wasn't until I picked him up and he told me how ready he was for school that I got a little teary-eyed! I WANT him to love school, to do well and make friends.

He just got real big, real fast...I don't know, I guess it makes me feel like I'm a real adult.

I feel like I was made to be a mom. It's the best thing that's ever happened to me. As much as I have one hand pulling Henry back at home with me, I have the other hand pushing him out the door to be a successful little guy on his own.

There is a song from the musical "Children of Eden" that says,
'The hardest part of love is the letting go.'

I get that now.

EPILOGUE: Before Matt left for work this morning, he told Henry not to tell Mom everything so he could save a few new things for Dad. After Henry told me how amazing school was today, he said, "Mom...I can't really tell you anything else. Dad told me not to. Sorry."


At least he's a good listener.

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