Today my first baby went to kindergarten. She’s by far the most social and outgoing member of our family – a true extrovert who gains energy from being around others, stuck in a family of introverts. (Although it looks like her baby sister may be following her lead.) She loves to learn new things, too, and she’s been ready for school for a long time.
This morning she woke up an hour early and couldn’t wait to go see her classroom. I took first-day-of-school pictures at home, then packed the camera to bring to school and she was not pleased. “I don’t want to take PICTURES, mom, I want to LEARN.” I assured her other parents would probably bring cameras, too, but she still didn’t approve. Photo ops were not in her plans for school. (She felt better in the moment when she could see I wasn’t holding her back from other activities.)
It felt weird to leave her in this busy, bustling room, sitting all by herself, but she didn’t seem apprehensive. I went into detail about the pickup process and she got a little impatient. “OK! See you later! Bye!”
From the first time I handed her to a nursery attendant at a few months old, she’s been excited to go off and explore the world. She loves her family and home, of course, but she’s an adventurer. She’s so excited for this new adventure, I can’t even be sad for myself. (Although I’ll admit I’m crying a little writing this.)
Fall 2014: Kindergarten, Preschool, Mama’s girl.