He made it!!! I was waiting out in front of school when Ryley’s class came out. He looked so proud and sure of himself, and also like he couldn’t wait to come running out and tell me all about it. They sang a couple of songs in class, colored a book about the rules of the class, and had the all-important recess. Ryley said he had a great time in Kindergarten, and that it was a good day. I asked him if he made some new friends and who he played with. One of his preschool cohorts is in the class next door, and that’s who Ryley played with at recess. He hadn’t yet made friends with anyone in his class, though, and seemed a little unsure of himself. I reminded him that no one else in his class knows the other kids either, and that he should just introduce himself to someone today, and ask if they want to play. His face lit up like I had just given him the magic key. I guess it never dawned on him that all the other kids are in the same boat he is. Ah well…..He’ll be fine by the end of the week I’m sure. That’s just the way he is. We talked about when he started preschool and how he didn’t know anyone else then either. Then he really got it.
Two funnies for you…..
When Ryley’s class came outside to line up and be led out to the pick-up zone, I noticed that the teacher had a portable mike on. Interesting. I thought maybe she had put it on because they were outside, and there were two other classes out there. Maybe it would make it easier for her class to hear HER voice over the chaos and get to where they needed to be. Intrigued, I asked Ryley if she had just put it on to bring them outside or if she had it on all day. He said she wore it all the time during the class and outside. Hmmmm…….There are 20 kids in his class, and they are five year olds, but I just found it kind of amusing that she would need a microphone for a Kindergarten class……..
Michael and I decided to start a new Mommy and Daddy tradition for the night before school. On Sunday night, after the kids were put to bed, we each grabbed a glass of wine and headed out to the backyard to sit and talk and enjoy the calm before the storm of school, busy Fall, etc. We had been sitting at the patio table for less than 2 minutes when Michael tells me “don’t move!” and then “Quick! Get out of your chair!” Not one to question, I jumped up. There was a huge spider that had been hanging over my head, and was slowly dropping. It would have landed in my hair if I’d stayed there. AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! I think I’ve blogged before about how much I hate bugs. I was done with outside for the night, and used the rest of my glass of wine to restore myself, INSIDE the house! So much for new traditions!
Morning two went really well. Grace didn’t have school today, so we walked Ryley to school. I love that the school is so close. Again, as soon as the bell rang and the teacher took the class inside, Ryley went without one look back. Four kids were crying today as they stood in line, and didn’t want to go in. I don’t know which is worse….your child crying – which would completely tear me up – or your child walking away like it’s nothing at all to leave you!!! Can’t win with that one I guess.
Edited to add:
Thanks to my Share friends for pointing out to me other reasons why the teacher had a mic on. Definitely worth thinking about. Nope, not a telephone headset, but one of those older portable mic’s that goes behind the neck and then up in front of the face. I’m sure I’ll hear more about it as the days progress. I don’t mean to sound insensitive at all – the thought honestly never entered my head yesterday that there might be a hearing impaired child in Ryley’s class, just found it interesting, and a little different. You’d think I’d be more aware and more sensitive to situations requiring the teacher to wear a mic being on this site all the time, but I think I was just caught up in what we are going through with Ryley’s first day of school, and just never thought outside of that box. So, we’ll see what happens, and I’ll let you know what I find out!