My daughter is not quite four. Next month, she will be but in the meantime she is the youngest child in her Pre-Kindergarten class at a Catholic school. She had been eagerly anticipating this transition but got nervous in the days preceding her first day and tearful the night before. Needless to say, I was worried as I accompanied her to her first assembly on the blacktop for prayer, flag salute, and announcements. Gradually, she began to look less terrified and more relaxed.
By the time we returned to her classroom, she immediately began to play in one of the learning centers. I have left jobs, schools, and relationships and no ending quite felt like it when my little girl looked me in the eyes and said, “Goodbye, mommy.” It took strength to not burst into tears in front of her.
After spending an hour at the parent mixer(I talked with a few parents and scored her a free plaid jumper), I headed home(yes I finally did cry on the drive) to comfort myself with some K-horror. Because when the going gets tough, I will immerse myself in a movie, in this case an eerie Korean ghost story. Then my mom rejoined me and we went back for noon dismissal. When we arrived, M was back to her old self: upbeat, confident, and light-hearted. Of course, that first day of school popsicle given out by the staff didn’t hurt.
M told me she would like to go to school every day. And so begins the next phase of our exciting adventures together.