Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Territory

Leland started Kindergarten yesterday. Public school is an entire world that is all new to us. Riding the bus, massive school supply lists, PTA, volunteering, eating lunch at school, and an entire 7 hours where I do not know what my little girl is doing.

It's weird. I wasn't sad or emotional. It was just this weird feeling. I was 2nd guessing all of my parenting up to this point. Have I done enough for her to be a confident, positive student? How will she handle conflict? Will she eat all of her food, so she is not hungry? If she is sad, who will comfort her?

The whole send off was so easy, because she was SO excited. She lined her backpack up with the big kids at the bus stop, and barely gave us each a kiss before darting onto the bus. She waved, climbed on the bus and didn't look back. She was all smiles!When I asked her why she chose this outfit over any of the new ones we got for school she said, "If I wear this shirt, maybe my teacher will call me Miss Sunshine all year."

All day, I kept checking my watch to make sure I wasn't going to be late to meet her at the bus stop. I started checking my watch at noon. Her bus didn't drop her off until 4:15 pm!

She survived. I survived. She had so much fun. I actually had a lot of fun, too. And to top it off, Lucy starts preschool next week. For 3 hours, 3 days a week it's just going to be Charly and I.

Maybe it will make me think I could handle another baby right now. Probably not.


  1. I'm going to start praying for you to be lonely those 3 day a week!

  2. I'm going to start praying for you to be lonely those 3 day a week!

  3. How exciting! It is a strange feeling to have your sweet girl away from you for SO LONG! 4:15 is ALL day! My goodness! Glad she had fun, Leland is a sweet girl, you've done a great job with her, and how cute that she's hoping to be called Miss Sunshine! Darling!