Is this the little girl I carried?
Is this the little boy at play?
I don't remember growing older
When did they?
When did she get to be a beauty?
When did he get to be so tall?
Wasn't it yesterday
When they were small?
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears...
Today was the first day of Kindergarten. I asked Jakob if he was excited, and he was like, "Yeah, I guess." I kind of had a nervous butterfly feeling all morning. Jakob was excited to see his Ironman backpack again. We had put it away until today because he was playing with it, and I didn't want it wrecked before school even got started.
Side note: My camera had a fingerprint on the lens, so the pictures have that "soft focus" look to them. A nice touch for a semi-sentimental post.
Anyway, things went great, until it was time for me to leave. Then Jakob said, "Mom, stay here!" I gave him a kiss, told him he'd be okay, and I'd pick him up in a couple of hours. He started doing a nervous cry; he was just kind of unsure about it. But hopefully he did well; there were other kids full-out bawling and running to their parents, so at least I didn't have to deal with anything like that. I've done that enough times in nursery with all three boys.
There were a few kids I knew from our neighborhood also in class. That's a good thing, since I had a moment of insanity and volunteered as one of the room mothers, so now I can pick on people I know to help out with parties and stuff. Jakob sat next to Cardon O., and I drove Ty W. home from the day. And when Mrs. D. asked the kids to put their baskets under their chairs, little firecracker Sydney P. said, "Why should we?" Here are the two little red-headed best friends, Ila L. and Kaylan M.
When I went to pick them up, Jakob didn't see me at first. He started getting a worried look on his face again, like maybe I had forgotten him or something. But when he saw me he looked relieved. My mom, who came over to watch my other kids (thanks, Mom!) asked him how it was, and he said, "Uh, okay." I'm sure he'll warm up to the idea of Kindergarten after a few days.
I asked Ila, Ty, and Jakob what they did at school on the way home, and they all went, "Uh..." I asked, "Did you color?" "No." "Did you play games?" "No." "Did you talk about rules?" "Um..." "Well, did you have fun?" "YEAH!" So, apparently they had fun doing who-knows-what.
And, because you know you love it, a little back to school homage: (the sound is really quiet on it-sorry)