Monday, September 05, 2005

So long ago...

Tomorrow this young man starts Kindergarten. (No, this is not a recent picture! He's much taller now, and the cheeks aren't quite as chubby!)

I think I'm ready for this. His readiness I'm not worried about, of course. It's mine.

He's been in preschool for the last 2 years, so it's not a huge transition for him, but it's big for his parents. This is REAL SCHOOL we're talking about, after all. Report cards, lunch lines, playground interactions, all kind of things he has dealt with before, but within the sheltered environment of small classes and ever-present teachers/classroom aides. Now he'll be going it "alone."

My baby is growing up! Alright, I'm starting to sound like his mom now. I've got to get a grip on myself, here. :)

I know he's going to be fine. I trust his school, I know the program he's in will be great for him. He loves learning, is smart and curious, and generally follows directions... all important for school success. And I know that his mom and I will be fine, too.

At least, until his little brother starts school in 3 years!

Update: His first day of school was great: he likes his teacher, he's made some friends. Of course, there was nothing to be nervous about, but what kind of parent would I be if I wasn't just a little nervous about something like this?

1 comment:

graycie said...

Today my mom emaioled me a photo of my baby brother (16 years younger than me -- I was sort of his other mommy). Jeff is holding his first-born son. Jake is 18 months old. In the photo he's lying asleep in jeff's lap. jeff is looking down at him with the most subtle and amazing expression. Because of the age difference between us, I was not at home when Jeff was a teenager. i knew him best as a little boy, and there he sits with his own son -- a father. It made me cry.

Your boy is beautiful, and brave, and smart. he will grow to be a strong and gentle father. It will happen (it seems) all of a sudden, and then you'll see him with his own son, and you'll cry.

It's wonderful.