My Biggest is off to Junior Kindergarten this year.
3 hours away from home each morning, to meet new friends and learn new skills.
Here in Ontario, JK has a staggered entry. On Tuesday we went to meet his teacher and his resource teacher, both lovely ladies.
And if i were not concentrating so hard at keeping my composure I'm sure I would have enjoyed the process for my little man more.
We have been playing up school all summer long. I have talked about it since I registered him for Kindergarten last February, where I cried amidst all the little ones saying their morning prayer and signing our National Anthem.
We have taken him to the playground at the school during the month of August to acclimate him to the environment, where I may or may not have had tears of joy and pride in my eyes when we peaked into the classroom and guessed at which class might be his.
I called the school last Monday to confess my Mommy fail for not attending the School bus safety training with him. I may have choked back some tears when I was expressing some of my concerns to the resource teacher, who kindly suggested that I bring him in 5 days earlier than scheduled just so he can check things out.
And upon meeting the teacher and resource teacher, there were some moments when I knew I had to stop talking just because the words were going to come out in a blubbery mess. Said teacher patted my arm and said I would be fine.
I will be fine and I know he will be fine.
It's just that he is my first to go off to school and as his mom, I reserve the right to worry and shed tears of joy and sadness.
I have my reasons, we all do.
So next Tuesday is a big day for him.
His first day in the class for the entire three hours, with a few little friends. I'm excited for him for that day.
And the following Tuesday will be his first week at school with the entire class.
The day after, he takes the bus for the first time.
Dear Lord, Please help me really enjoy those moments and help me get past the anxiety of the bus because I have worked so hard at getting him excited for this. And please forgive my selfish tears.
I know he will be great.
And if there are some bumps along the way? Par for the course..
He's going to make history that kid of mine. I just know it.