Monday, August 10, 2009

Kate's First Day of Kindergarten

I was surprised when I literally had to drag Kate out of bed this morning. Usually when something big is up, so is she. Once she was alive, awake and alert, though, she was over the top enthusiastic. She got herself dressed, brushed her teeth, washed her face and demanded a waffle. Spunky. Then off we all went, dropping Sarah off in her brand new 3-year-old class (next year she'll rule the school!) and then off to Drew. As we pulled into the parking lot I could hear Kate quaking with giddiness. Then we got out of the car and she donned her fabulous Hello Kitty backpack (a birthday gift from our next door neighbors) and she couldn't stop giggling. She grasped my hand and we headed for her classroom.

Before we got into the building she said "I'm laughing because I'm just so excited" and giggled more. Then came the shock and awe. Drew goes from 3-year-olds (that's new, we didn't know or we might have tried to get Sarah in there, too) through 8th grade. There were big kids everywhere. Kate fell silent. She didn't stop smiling but her eyes were huge, taking it all in. When we arrived in her classroom her teacher, Mrs. Cone, greeted and her and showed her how to check in. Then she gave her a big notebook titled "My Writing Journal" and asked her to find her assigned seat and put her name and a drawing of herself on the first page of her new journal. As the other kids filed in, Kate set to work. And the camera, wouldn't work. After a few moments of me thinking that if indeed the camera wasn't going to work (neither of us brought our phones in with us) I just might cry. I'd managed to avoid it until that moment but not to have photos of this moment...I got a little choked up and then the camera began to click away. Close shave.

When I picked Kate up she looked as happy as she had when I dropped her off, all pink-cheeked from outdoor play. When I asked her how her day was she reported that she was just too tired to tell me. It wasn't until 2 hours later when she spoke on the phone with Uncle Steve, recounting every second of her day, that I found out what she did all day. It was a lot. She had fun. One day down, 179 to go.

8 comments:

Aunt So-So said...

Precious! She looks smarter after one day of school.

LMP said...

Mos def. She'll be responding "Mom, I KNOW" to everything I say in no time.

Drunkle Steve said...

During our phone conversation I began to think that Kate was about to recount every moment of her school day, chronologically, and in real-time. ...a gift she clearly inherited from her grandmother.

Aunt So-So said...

Clearly? Which one? ;)

LMP said...

Girlfriend got two big C's - the Chatty Gene.

Boomin' Granny said...

The child looks precious AND smart AND chatty. These are gifts which have been given to her and she will be expected to use them to their fullest. IF her grandmother happened to pass at least one of these gifts on to Kate, her grandmother is proud! Don't think I don't know which grandmother, Steve!!

karen said...

Lars (who is on electronics restriction, so suddenly VERY interested in petting my arm and telling me how much he loves me when I'm looking at the computer) says Kate's school looks like fun and that her classroom is "very advanced, for Kindergarten." Good job picking the school!

LMP said...

@Karen - please tell Lars I said thank-you, that's very sweet of him. I will still defer to his mother regarding when Electronic Restriction ends, though. ;)