Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Today Was the Day...

Well, today I took TWO children to school, the same school, and I left them there ALL DAY!!!! First we dropped off Bailey Rose in second grade with Mrs Robbins. Mrs Robbins is very young and pretty and her room was top notch. It is her first year at Northside. While I smiled and took pictures, I was secretly resisting the urge to tell her that while other children would be in her class, Bailey Rose would be the most helpful and charming. I wanted to tell her what a treasure Bailey is and what a blessing she is to our family. Bailey Rose sat down in her chair, tucked her bag away and smiled and said, "See ya Mom!". I took the information packet from Mrs Robbins and left. I just left. Bailey Rose was fine. I didn't really have time to let that sink in before Isaac was pulling on my pant leg and asking about his class. So, off we went. The kindergarten hallway was very congested with lots of mommas and daddies. We made our way to Mrs Saunders' class. There she was. Also, very pretty and very young. She was glad to see us and told us to let Isaac pick out a seat. He didn't quite know where to sit and we helped him find a chair. He sat down with his brand new Transformer backpack still on his back. I helped him hang it on the back of his chair. If he needed help with these small things, how would he make it through the day without me? I wanted to tell his teacher that this was my baby boy. That sometimes he got a scratchy neck if he got too sweaty. I wanted to tell her that Isaac was my last and maybe I should stay just for the first day. I looked down at Isaac's table and he was talking to a little boy next to him. They were working a puzzle. Wow. He looked up and smiled at me and said, "See ya Mom!" Mrs Saunders had her own version of an information packet. I took it and left. I just left. My kids were fine. So was I.

I was fine until we got outside and somebody actually asked me how I was. My quivering voice and tears surprised me. Michael laughed and hugged me as we walked. He said, "You did good sweetie". People told me taking both kids the first day of school would be hard but I thought they were talking about the kids!

They had a super time and are both ready to go right back tomorrow. I have to say that I missed them. I also got some good shopping done and had lunch at a place that does NOT serve chicken nuggets. I think I will be fine.

3 comments:

Kathryn said...

Oh, Em...you are such a good mommy...go enjoy your non-nugget meal...I love you so good
Kate

DebbieT said...

you did great, Emily! The tears fall sometimes when you don't expect them. I cried the night before school started last year, not because my baby girl was starting kindergarten, but because my baby boy was starting high school!! It's funny how it hits you sometimes....and yes, this year Jake is a sophomore and Anna is a first grader - how does that happen??!!! love, Deb

granolachic said...

i love that all mommies cry...some just for other reasons than others...

great to read your perspective! you are a good mommy! and your children are wonderful, too...