Our youngest child turns five in a few days, and the day after he does, he'll also be attending his first day of school (ever!). I have been through this before, three times in fact, with my older children, so it surprised me that I was as nervous as I was about the whole ordeal. Tonight, however, we had attended an Open House, and I found that the school was lovely, the principal seemed compassionate about his school and his students, our son's teacher was very warm and welcoming, and the classroom was as cute as it could be. And miraculously, I'm not nervous about it anymore.
|They gave the kids lollipops, so smiling was out of the question for little man, but here he is w/his new teacher, and we've been practicing how to say her name, so he'll have it right when the first day of school rolls around.|
|They had little welcoming packages out for the kids. Very cool!|
Yes, my son will be a very young five, but I have confidence in his ability to keep up, both socially and academically.
Yes, he'll be away from me for big chunks of time for the first time, ever, but I know he's ready.
And yes, I'll miss him like crazy, but I also miss working, so finding the right position for me is next on my to-do list. I worked in higher ed. admin. for years when we lived in another state...but we moved, and I have found myself in a rural community, with no large colleges or universities close to my home, and a saggy economy (Michigan is just aching economy-wise), so finding work that offers the pay I used to make is going to be hard. Maybe more than hard, but that's okay too...I've been making my pay writing the last few years (and anyone who has done that knows it is no piece of cake), so even if I do have to take a salary less than what I'm used to, it'll be okay because surely it'll be more than I make now. :)
So...here's to new beginnings, or maybe better said, to moving forward. It's time for my youngest and I both to transition into new phases of our lives, and while it's sad to leave a time that's been so happy, it's fun too, to think of all the possibilities our futures hold.