I absolutely love being on Facebook and Instagram on these days. For whatever reason, I LOVE seeing pictures of kids going back to school. The excitement! The carefully chosen new outfits! The hope of a great year! Whatever it is, I love it.
I remember my first days of school growing up. I was always so excited to start fresh. I loved (and still love!) brand new school supplies. I loved shopping for them and organizing them (over and over and over). I love shopping for back to school clothes. I carefully chose what I would wear and then changed my choice after talking to my friends. I got so excited to catch up with everyone after our long summer. I couldn't wait to meet my teachers, see where my desk was (or find out who was in my classes in middle school and high school). The excitement on the first day was just too much!
As I morphed into a teacher, I had equal the excitement. What kind of students would I have? How would all of our personalities mesh? How long would it take them to pick up our routines/rules/procedures? I still carefully chose what I would wear. I still looked forward to inservices and catching up with friends that I had missed over the summer. Again, the excitement was the best!
And now I have kids of my own who go to "school." I carefully choose what they will wear (I know my days are numbered on this one!). I call around finding out who is in their classes. I wonder how their personalities will mesh with their peers and teachers. I am excited, therefore, they are excited. It's just in the air!
But now that I'm a parent, I'm also a nervous wreck! I worry about 1,000,000 things. Will they be ok away from me? Will they be too tired? Will they eat their snack or be starving? Will they remember where the bathroom is? Will they be bullied? Will they feel comfortable talking to their teachers when they need help? Are they going too many days? Are they going too few days? Did I make the right choice for school? ..... and the list continues.
Thankfully, I have a wonderful Father who listens to my worries and calms my heart. These are my babies. And now that I'm a parent, I see the HUGE responsibility that teachers have. No doubt when I was teaching I treated ALL of my students like they were mine. But I had no idea the magnitude of what that meant. These parents entrust their kids to teachers all day everyday (or three half-days a week for us). They spend a LOT of time with our kids. They have a big role in the shaping of their little minds, hearts, and lives. I find myself in prayer even more in the time around the first day of school than normal.
We are at a new school this year, on new days, with new procedures, and new friends. I am confident we have made the right choice, but as a parent you are always second guessing yourself. Both Jay and Charley Kate go three days a week- M, W, F. Drop off begins at 8:45 and I pick them up at 12. We met their teachers and they seem wonderful and loving. Both kids loved them all. Both kids also had TONS of crying kids in their class at Meet the Teacher, so I think that freaked them out some! Ha! Mine walked into their classes like champs and got busy playing. I was so proud of them.
I'm happy to report that our first day went smoothly (I think). I dropped them off in the carpool line and Charley's teacher escorted them both to class. I picked them up in the carpool line and we drove off. No talking to teachers, but both kids said they had a great time and can't wait to go back! Throughout the day more and more information came out (they both went potty there, they learned friends' names, they learned about germs, they painted, their teachers give lots of hugs (THANKYOUGOD), they got chosen for jobs, etc...). It sounded like a winner to me!
So, I guess we are all set to go back tomorrow. I'm so thankful for the time they have at a loving, Godly school. I'm thankful for friends we know there, and the friends we will make there. I am thankful for teachers who will love on my babies, and you better believe I will spoil the heck out of them to ensure they keep on loving on them (hey, I am NOT above this!).
We are looking forward to a wonderful school year.. The excitement is all around!
And this was the scene for my big, tough guy at the end of the school day. "No, mom. I do NOT need a nap!"